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Ann Arbor to test cars talking to each other and avoiding crashes

Cars that talk to each other, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, could reduce or eliminate traffic jams, traffic accidents, increase the efficiency of driving, reducing fuel use, and usher in a wave of robotically driven cars, if a test in Ann Arbor Michigan goes as planned.

The computerization of cars has been underway for a couple decades, but we are on the cusp of a whole new level of computerization and new features resulting from high technology. Ann Arbor, Michigan is hosting a U.S. government sponsored real world test, involving over 3,000 cars, trucks and buses outfitted with wireless communication technology for continuous data exchange between vehicles, and issue danger alerts to vehicle drivers.

The participating vehicles will be outfitted with one of three gizmos: Vehicle Awareness Device (VAD) which securely transmits your vehicle location to nearby vehicles. Aftermarket Safety Device (ASD) which adds the ability to receive data from nearby vehicles, using that data to warn drivers of imminent crashes. ASD + Data Acquisition System (DAS) which adds the ability to record data from the system, allowing drivers and researchers learn more about how Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications can improve the safety of the roads.

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