Networked, talking cars could be on our streets by 2012

  • Chicago (IL) - Cars Cars could potentially be equipped with Dedicated Short Range Communications technology, which alerts drivers to potential intersection crashes, rear-end collisions, and lane drift, as early as 2012.  The technology would also be capable of enabling traffic flow management and optimized route selection for drivers. Talking cars may soon be getting us all home a little quicker during rush hour.

    Earlier this month the technology was demonstrated at an industry event at the University of South Australia, state and federal government representatives as well as car manufacturers were in attendance.

    In 2004, Cohda Wireless (an Australian company), was opened by scientists from UniSA Institute for Telecommunications Research, and this company is working to deliver the technology that could potentially keep drivers from landing themselves in automobile accidents.

    The technology is unique because it provides a wireless communications link between the roads and vehicles, even in poor weather conditions. Dedicated Short Range Communications is a radio technology which utilizes GPS and Wi-Fi-like communications in an attempt to allow vehicles to communicate with each other. A processing unit then assesses risk, and delivers advice to the driver.

    The technology has been in trials for car manufactures in both the US and Europe. A large-scale trial will be conducted in Adelaide over the next two years and will involve up to 200 vehicles and cost $1.5 million.

    In effort for the technology to be rolled out in Australia, there will have to be a portion of the radio frequency spectrum utilized by mobile phones available for the service. The spectrum has already been allocated in the United States.

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