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GM Develops Technology To Prevent Crashes


GM's smartphone-based vehicle communication app

GM's smartphone-based vehicle communication app

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Safety technologies to help drivers minimize collisions on the road are a tremendous advancement, no doubt about it. But perhaps an even better solution is technology that can prevent crashes from ever occurring. At the recent Intelligent Transport World Systems Congress in Orlando, Florida, General Motors showed off what could best be called smart collision avoidance technology.

GM's vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

GM's vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

As AllCarTech reports, GM’s new portable vehicle-to-vehicle communication system, currently in development, is testing the technology in two familiar platforms, a transporter the size of a typical GPS unit, and a smartphone app.

The system relies on established Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology such as Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC), which allows for wireless communication between vehicles, cyclists, police officers, construction sites, and pedestrians within a quarter-mile range.

GM's vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

GM's vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

The benefit of this portable system is that it allows drivers to see not only what’s right in front of them, but also about a semi truck that’s stalled a quarter mile ahead, hard-braking drivers, slippery roads, upcoming intersections, stop signs and other as-yet-unseen hazards. In addition, DSRC-equipped smartphones, carried by cyclists or pedestrians, could alert drivers to their presence ahead.

The automaker says it is working on embedding these communications systems into new vehicles, but it is also looking at ways to retrofit the technology into vehicles that are already on the road.

GM's vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

GM's vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems could help avert nearly 81 percent of crashes in the United States.

To see a demonstration of the technology, check out the video below. While the sound quality isn’t the best, the video does provide a good look at how this portable system works.

 

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