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U.S. test communication system between vehicles to avoid accidents

U.S. test communication system between vehicles to avoid accidents

Almost a year ago to dedicate a few minutes to talk about research being developed by the University of Michigan about a communication system between motor vehicles with which to exchange information in real time between cars on a road with the idea minimize road accidents. This system seems quite liked within the Government of the United States since it will invest $25 million in a pilot program with the participation of 2,800 vehicles .

The Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan developed a sensor system that also emit radio signals with the information of the vehicle and the road to the other cars and even traffic lights, creating an ecosystem flowing information. With this approach, if a car frenase abruptly at a light, it would issue a warning to other vehicles behind them to curb and prevent multiple collision or, for example, if a vehicle circulate too fast to stop at the traffic lights governing an intersection, traffic lights could leave a safety margin to move and adapt to avoid an accident.

This is a great day for road safety. We will use the results of these tests to assess whether we can extend the use of this technology in our everyday

The University of Michigan, in addition to having received $14.9 million to develop the system, now receives the ultimate accolade of the Department of Transportation with an additional $25 million to launch a large-scale pilot in the street town of Ann Arbor (and not, in the State of Michigan, the birthplace of the American automobile industry). The automotive industry has been very interested in this system and, in fact, eight manufacturers have been supporting the project (Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai / Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen / Audi).

The pilot will consist of 2800 cars, buses and trucks will start in a few weeks, to share information on traffic conditions and the signs on the streets along which, with the idea to test the system in real conditions and evaluate the impact on the improvement of traffic safety. The vehicles exchange information on traffic signals, giving the vehicle braking, red lights and vehicles that try to rush and pass the traffic light (although the light is turning red).

And how will deploy the system in 2,800 vehicles? This project takes time cooking and, in fact, some manufacturers have since 1995 working on such systems and about 500 vehicles have been manufactured with this system as standard for these tests. The rest of the car floor are normal vehicle to which the system will engage over the next six weeks.

Those responsible for this research believe that maybe in 10 years, this system could be implemented on all vehicles and routes, reducing the risk of and improve driver safety. A leap that brings us closer to the vehicles that drive themselves .

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