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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.

Costly deal
Professor Horst Wieker, from the department of telecommunications at the University of Applied Sciences, Saarbruck, said the aim was to create "foresighted driving".

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."

Read complete article at BBC Technology News
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