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US To Drive 3,000 Wi-Fi Linked Vehicles In Massive Crash Avoidance Trial 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the trying-to-break-fewer-things dept.
coondoggie writes "The U.S. Department of Transportation said it will run a massive road test of cars, trucks and buses linked together via WiFi equipment in what the agency says will be the largest test of automated crash avoidance technology to date. The test will be conducted by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and feature mostly volunteer participants whose vehicles have been outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication devices."
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US To Drive 3,000 Wi-Fi Linked Vehicles In Massive Crash Avoidance Trial

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  • by Baloroth (2370816) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:24PM (#41073089)

    These aren't driverless cars. The crash-avoidance system is a supplement to help drivers avoid collision (giving them warnings of incoming cars at intersections, alerts of possible rear end collisions, stuff like that), rather than a replacement for the drivers. In other words, if the system goes down you simply don't get the benefits, which is exactly what we have now anyways.

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.

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