• svegliando avatar svegliando Posted: 7/30/2012 10:47am PDT

    I struggle with technology such as this. On one hand, as indicated in the article, the safety benefits area great (especially if they can figure out a way to do this without havinhg pedestrians download an app). I definitely see the application for this in road contruction.

    I am curious, though, how this would work. Who actually monitors the interaction? Pedestrians or drivers? And what happens in the case of pulling up to an intersection with a lot of pedestrians? One issue I can see from the pedestrian perspective is that it's another distraction while walking.

    The other issue is privacy and marketing. I can envision your cell phone now telling you where to buy that new vehicle approaching your proximity.

  • BigJimD avatar BigJimD Posted: 7/30/2012 12:24pm PDT

    I don't think I'd be willing to broadcast my identity to any and all around me as a trade-off for not being struck by a GM car. I see too many potential drawbacks from both a privacy and security perspective to make it worth my while. Now if GM wants to make available a pocket WiFi device that transmits a ubiquitous signal that insures my privacy and protection (for my personal data AND my physical well-being), I think they would find a larger universe of souls seeking deliverance from the risk of an unintended GM moment.