Talking Cars Get Test Drive in Michigan

No this isn't about a gathering of "Knight Rider" enthusiasts. Rather than speaking to their leather jacket-clad drivers, the cars being tested in Michigan communicate with each other, with the goal of improving safety on the nation’s highways.
August 22, 2012, 2pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Bill Vlasik reports on the roll out of a year-long test of "smart car" technology in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced this week by federal officials. "Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said 3,000 cars, buses and trucks in this city near Detroit would be equipped with data recorders and a technology akin to Wi-Fi that can transmit information about accidents or hazardous traffic conditions."

According to Vlasik, "Drivers in the connected vehicles will be warned, for example, of sudden changes in traffic patterns or potential collisions through data transmitted from similarly equipped cars and roadside devices."

"Mr. LaHood said the $25 million study would yield data useful in deciding whether the government should require such crash avoidance technology in future vehicles."

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Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in The New York Times
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