Automobiles: Crash Avoidance System Has Cars Talking to Each Other

Automobiles: Crash Avoidance System Has Cars Talking to Each OtherIn a pilot program designed for accident avoidance, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in conjunction with the University of Michigan, is set to begin the largest test bed of wireless automobiles in the world.

It is believed by the program’s developers that motor vehicle accidents, which have been classified as the single largest public health crisis in the United States, necessitated the development of a crash avoidance system. In response to this belief, the test of their new system will be conducted in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with some 3,000 vehicles; its goal is to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents that result in injury and / or motor vehicle deaths.

At the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, employees will be installing wireless communication devices in the following types of vehicles:

  • Passenger automobiles
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Transit buses

In addition, wireless communication devices will be installed at key locations such as traffic signals, intersections, road signals, curves in the roadway, and other sites throughout the entire test area. Then, using this wireless technology, all of the connected vehicles will communicate with each other while communicating with these fixed positions. The thinking is that this transmitted information, which includes vehicle speed and the direction of each vehicle, will be calculated so that the drivers will be alerted to any potential crash situations. The technology is also intended to provide for both visual and audible warnings, inside of the vehicle, that will be set to alert the driver to potential dangers on the road ahead that may require the driver to brake suddenly, change lanes, or otherwise perform maneuvers to avoid a collision.

Once the testing is completed, the data generated will be archived as part of the project so that it can be used in the future by regulatory and policy makers when they present proposals before USDOT. In addition, this information would also be made available to the transportation industry for use in developing additional approaches to vehicle safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability. The testing phase will last one year, but the overall program will operate for 30 months.

Since the program will provide information developed using wireless technology and its ability for intercommunication between cars, its number one advantage will be that developers can use the data for the development of futuristic car designs. In addition, the transportation departments will benefit, along with drivers, as new roadway construction would be conducive to this new technology, thus making roads safer and easier for drivers to navigate.

In what has become an example of improved intersection design, Springfield, Missouri, is one of the first cities in the United States to employ what is known as diverging diamond intersections. The two-phase operation at these signal-controlled intersections improves safety since there are no left-hand turns in front of opposing traffic. In addition, the efficiency of the intersection improves since there are only two signal changes at the intersection instead of the six changes that occur at the standard interchange. Currently, there are three diverging diamond interchanges being used in Springfield, Missouri and another currently under construction.

Given these improvements, I believe that there is no doubt that we are on a precipice of change where we will see a continued effort to make driving our highways and byways safer. Will this crash avoidance system be without its own set of obstacles that need to be addressed? Of course not. However, one can’t help but to admit that it sounds like a major step for mankind, in fact, almost like something from the old Jetsons cartoon. Be sure and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Scientific American

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  • Bharat Kumar Gupta

    it all started from the mighty S-class from mercedes, these features are surely welcome! Technology and user interface along with user experience is the way to go in most things that we use in our daily routine, with resources getting scarce and no of other factors only smart thinking will find a way to all our problems.

  • Curtis Coburn

    Imagine what the self driven Google car can do. If anything is wrong with it, the car will probably will know. And tell you.

  • jffstrch

    I just hope that the cars of the future can withstand the test of time its sad to see more newer cars broken down on the side of roads compared to older cars. The idea of self driven cars is scary but it could also provide a better system to alert you about troubles. Ah the future!

  • Joe Sakamoto

    I think it will be nice to have a car with a device that can communicate with other vehicles. It may be able to help us avoid accidents. However, I also think that people may start relying on these devices too much. If the device broke and started giving us wrong information, it may increase the risk of a car accident. If cars do get this, people should still remember to lookout for cars and buses, even if a device is able to tell us where a car is.

  • Beshoy Shafek Malk

    Wow its a great idea, saving lives and feeling safe while driving. I kinda reminds me of the google car, maybe also if its just a device you plug in any car that way it incurages people to buy them instead of it only being featured in new cars

  • Rick Nelson

    I feel its a great idea and next to all cars being on tracks to avoid wreaks I feel its one of the best yet. I like to think about the Google Self driving cars and imagine the day where a computer would control the car if danger was ever to happen. From driving you home if you drank to much to taking over control when the driver falls asleep. The list goes on and on to what it would help. The only fear I have in the computerized car is the ability for hacking and someone taking over the computer to do harm to the people in them. Awesome article

  • Florea Calin

    yeah those systems are good, but only if they alarm the driver when they get activated, so they know when they do mistakes, because if you ever drive a cvar without those systems, it’ll not be good:)…if no signals or alarms, 50% useless