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GM Working On Wi-Fi Direct-Equipped Cars To Detect Pedestrians and Cyclists 111

cylonlover writes "General Motors is working to expand upon its vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems that allow information to be shared between vehicles and infrastructure to provide advance warning of potential road hazards, such as stalled vehicles, slippery roads, road works, intersections, stop signs and the like. The automaker is now looking to add pedestrians and cyclists to the mix using Wi-Fi Direct technology so a car can detect them in low visibility conditions before the driver does."
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GM Working On Wi-Fi Direct-Equipped Cars To Detect Pedestrians and Cyclists

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  • Hack (Score:5, Funny)

    by djl4570 ( 801529 ) on Sunday July 29, 2012 @11:48AM (#40808229) Journal
    Send message to that slug in front of me. Road construction ahead. Take next right for detour. Drive on by after he turns into driveway.
  • Prediction (Score:1, Funny)

    by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Sunday July 29, 2012 @11:55AM (#40808271) Homepage Journal

    Since the Government Motors company doesn't really have to care about money anymore, it can waste resources on such things rather than working on better cars, they'll be doing these types of gimmicks, then, when they have 'something', the government will pass a LAW that nobody can have a car without such a system installed in it, the rest of the manufacturers will be forced to pay for licensing of these patents and then the prices for the cars will go up and choices for the cars will be diminished in USA.

    Final touch will be to ensure that everybody must take their older car to retrofit it with this type of a device. The device will have GPS and who knows what else built into it, will be on a mobile network and it will have the ability to stall the car by a central command.

    There will be multiple cameras in the car, some looking forward, some looking back, some looking sideways and a couple looking into the car for good measure, it's all going to be sold as something that's 'necessary' to make the technology work.

    Once nobody can drive a car without this type of a package, the government will have access to every vehicle, it's location, the driver and passenger faces, probably some other biometrics. Everything linked and cross-checked against every database, from insurance and driver licensing to CIA and FBI and NSA and DHS and all the rest of it. Face and voice recognition and recording, remote control and a convenient guidance system for your friendly 24/7 police drone monitoring its own 10x10 km zone, maybe with a couple of air to surface missiles.

    Oh, did I forget to say that the NDAA approved POTUS authorised kill list may just become on of the cross-references for this system?

  • by leromarinvit ( 1462031 ) on Sunday July 29, 2012 @12:02PM (#40808303)

    You mean like this?

    Phone: Beep beep!
    (Pedestrian stops to look at phone)
    Phone: New wireless network found: "You'll be dead in 3 seconds"
    (Pedestrian gets hit)

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.