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Slideshow: Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways
5/8/2012

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Using GPS and DSRC, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication could take place between cars as far as a quarter-mile apart.   (Source: General Motors)
Using GPS and DSRC, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication could take place between cars as far as a quarter-mile apart.
(Source: General Motors)

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ChasChas
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ChasChas   5/9/2012 9:42:28 AM
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All vehicles must be "smart" for this to work right. I'm sure any experience NY taxi driver could "intimidate" a smart cat to a standstill in 15 seconds, gain road advantage, laugh their way though town.

Up here in the UP, we must drive in weather conditions that smart cars might "chicken out" in or we wouldn't get anything none.

Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff, all cars just need to be on the same page.

For example, I'm not a chess palyer, but I beat the computer at chess easily because I purposely use non-book moves and openings and confuse the heck out of it.

 

Droid
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Re: Let me be the Conspiracy theorist...
Droid   5/9/2012 10:35:50 AM
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I agree - my concerns as well.....

firmware
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Smartphone Apps for V2V
firmware   5/9/2012 1:57:31 PM
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RE: Slide 5 (Automakers bring V2V to smartphones)

Apps currently exist for V2V (like WAZE) that use simple crowdsourcing so that people can report accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, police and can update roads, landmarks, house numbers.

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Re: Fear of sensory overload
Ann R. Thryft   5/9/2012 5:13:37 PM
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I guess I have a hard time understanding why we should spend a lot of money, time and energy trying to fix the cars, which aren't really a problem, instead of trying to fix the drivers, which are a problem.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/9/2012 7:58:35 PM
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ChasChas, you are correct on both counts. This technology will really start to show its effects when all vehicles have it. And, yes, there could be a problem with cars "chickening out" when the weather is bad. I could also see traffic jams occurring because the vehicles will be too conservative.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/9/2012 8:00:57 PM
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Al, I agree that distracting user interfaces could be a problem if this isn't done correctly. I can't really speak to some of the solutions, but I know that automotive suppliers are working on this issue.

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kenish   5/9/2012 8:27:32 PM
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@ChasChas- Did you hear that England is going to switch to driving on the right-hand side of the road?  They're using a conservative approach.  The first phase will be trucks....

 

ChasChas
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Re: Let me be the Conspiracy theorist...
ChasChas   5/9/2012 9:27:19 PM
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Your exactly right, ervin. History has shown people so easily trading their freedoms for security, safety, and health care.

In this country, we expected the individual to provide their own security, safety and health care in exchange for the freedom to be able to do just that. (Plus put up with some inequites in the system.)

Now we have one political party catering to human strengths and one political party catering to human weaknesses - what a mess! 

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Forget the Heavy Traffic - I want to talk to the LIGHTS.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/10/2012 12:41:46 PM
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Many Rational comments about benefits of good drivers, outweighing extra-sensory-perception of the automobile; however, in one instance, I'm very excited for the day when my car will talk to the Stop Lights.  This will be a huge turn in the RIGHT direction from where I'm currently standing.

I live in South Florida where many municipalities have joined together and created a monster – The "Smart" traffic light.  It is blatantly misnamed, and is the most frustrating robot ever created --- liken to the 1980's when computers were first becoming commonplace, and you remember the common colloquialism, "computers don't make mistakes" --- (remember that battle-cry-?)

These Miami-Dade-Broward-West-Palm Beach Traffic lights are proudly displayed by the governing bodies and over-zealously snap pictures of your license-plate, happily running up city revenues.  Trouble is, they burn steady-red for minutes on end, presumably thinking they have the superior intelligence on traffic patterns – which they do not.  Daily I approach the same Green-Arrow, only to be struck with a 4-minute Red, because my vehicle was only "approaching" the sensors at 30mph, and not stopped on top of it. 

Yes, I am excited to see the day when I my car can "talk" to these lights. Oh, I'll have a thing or two to say, for sure.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Missing the point --- Coming back full Circle!
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/10/2012 1:04:03 PM
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I can confidently say that much of the Push behind all of the ideas shown here are intended to "help" the distracted driver to be safer.  ....And then slide #5 of 13 states that Automakers are contemplating putting V2V apps on Smart Phones. 

Hello-?!!  McFly-?!!  Are you in there-?!!

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