While drifting on the road, drivers communicate with each other through indicators, honks and other back and front lights. Often inadequate signals sent and wrongly interpreted end up causing accidents.
General Motors (GM) are reported as the innovators of a portable vehicle to vehicle communication system which is claimed to reduce the road crashes in U.S up to 81 percent and revolutionize the way vehicles, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The technology was to be unveiled this week at Intelligent Transport System (ITS) world congress to be held in Orlando. It relies on Dedicated Short Range Communication Technology (DSRC), an established technology of ITS, to enable communication among vehicles, cyclist, construction sites, and police men within a range of a quarter mile. Wireless in nature, this communication will restrain vehicles from bumping into each other.
The congress will witness a DSRC equipped portable transponder which alerts those driving on the roads about other drivers, police, construction sites and traffic jam expected to be faced by them. As it is fixed into the data stream of the vehicle, the transponders let the other drivers know if some vehicle is in a need of traction control for getting around a slippery curve and can also sense and inform when two vehicles on a blind corner are at the brink of collision.
If featured in a smart phone, the DSRC software can assist the drivers on the road by communicating with the smart phones held by some pedestrians or cyclist. It can alert the driver about kids playing in the street ahead or a cycle on the next turn.
According to one of the researcher for GM’s Perception and Vehicle Control System Group, this technology will enable the drivers to not only view what is in front of them but to know as well, about the traffic and other hindrances expected to show up in the next quarter of a mile to be travelled. He is hopeful that our roadways will get safer in the next decade by bringing smartphones, transponders and embedded systems to work together.
ITS technology has already been deployed in the vehicles manufactured in Asia. Nissan, hailing from japan, have CARWINGS deployed cars to alert the drivers about troublesome spots on icy mountains.
Also in Europe, Volvo and other manufacturers have utilized ITS technologies in developing “road trains”: a long chain of vehicles, moving in a tandem fashion while driven by a leading driver.
The best part about this under development technology is that the existing vehicles can benefit from it directly as it can be fitted into them in a manner similar to that of after marketed GSM. Since the technology is dependent on a critical number of participating vehicles, thus the vehicles purchased already won’t be left behind the newer ones.