Connected cars 'promise safer roads'
Car manufacturers around the world are working on vehicle-to-vehicle
technologies to help make driving safer. How will they work? And what difference
will the technology make to our experiences on roads?
The car in which I am travelling is moving towards a T-junction at speed,
with the driver seemingly oblivious to the need to brake.
Out of the corner of my eye I spot a second vehicle heading along the road to
our left on a collision course. Seconds before an almost fatal accident is set
to occur the vehicle-to-vehicle system sounds an alarm and an in-car display
warns of the need to stop.
The driver hits the brakes and we come to rest before the junction. The
second car has also slowed after receiving a warning about a potential collision
and passes by without incident.
The near-collision warning is a demonstration of technology that is expected
to be rolled out to all shapes and sizes of cars in the coming years.
It is being developed by the European Car-2-Car consortium and is backed by
General Motors, Audi, BMW, Fiat, Honda, Renault and a range of in-car hardware
manufacturers and several universities.
Professor Horst Wieker, from the department of telecommunications at the
University of Applied Sciences, Saarbruck, said the aim was to create
He said: "This technology allows us to build a short-range and long-range
picture of road traffic conditions.
"You are aware of unseen danger around the corner and even many kilometres
before you even encounter a hazardous situation."
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