The University of Michigan is set to conduct studies into new vehicle communication systems, which are designed to warn drivers of dangers on the road. The university program is expected to last for one year and, if successful could stop about 90 percent of deaths that occur on the roads. The new system could warn drivers of such things as other drivers breaking hard and possible accidents.
The program to be undertaken by the school will involve 3,000 vehicles, which will be attached with wireless devices. The devices will be able to communicate with each other and tell the drivers what the other vehicles are doing.
The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said; “We envision connected-vehicle technology as a platform to save many lives on America’s roads and foster innovations we’ve yet to imagine — a game-changer for vehicle safety.”
About 30,000 people die on the roads, due to road traffic accidents each year and the need for ways in which to reduce the number of traffic related deaths is high on the agenda of the government and vehicle manufacturers alike. If the new system is implemented it could revolutionize road safety methods.
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