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The Connected Car–part V

October 18, 2013 — by WEBOOST

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This is the final installment of our connected car posts! Make sure to check out all of our previous posts starting with this one here.

We’re ending our connected car installments by looking at what the future of the connected car has to offer. Check out the excerpt from the @FierceWireless article pasted below–

One of the biggest opportunities on the horizon for the connected car is vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Mike Shulman, technical leader in Ford Research for global driver assistance and active safety, said that automakers will likely take advantage of a technology known as dedicated short range communications (DSRC). Shulman noted that the FCC has allocated 75 MHz of spectrum at 5.9 GHz for cars to talk to other cars and cars to talk to infrastructure.

Ford is testing technology that would allow cars to talk to each other.

Indeed, Ford currently is working on collision warning systems that use radars and cameras that can, for example, warn drivers if something is in their blind spot. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications could reduce collisions by broadcasting a car’s position and heading 10 times per second to other cars with similar sensors built in.

Shulman said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “has looked at this and said, we think there is a possibility to address up to 80 percent of all crashes.”

Further, using anonymous information, cars could act as probes on the road to communicate back to transportation networks and show, for example, how long it took to get from point A to point B. Using real-time analytics, cities could use that information to time traffic lights better.

Shulman said Ford has been working with other car makers, including Honda, Toyota and GM, alongside the U.S. Department of Transportation on a pilot program in Ann Arbor, Mich., to test vehicle-to-vehicle communications in a real-world setting. He said the NHTSA might mandate such sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, just as the European Union is trying to do with the eCall system.

While some players are working on getting cars to communicate with each other, others are working on ways for drivers to communicate with cars. Tom Ramsthaler, Broadcom’s senior director responsible for product marketing of wireless connectivity, said that advances in biometrics and wearable computing could create safer highways. For example, he said, a bracelet monitoring a driver’s pulse could warn that motorist to slow down if their pulse increases or could wake them up if their pulse is too slow.

Well there you have it, the conclusion to our connected car posts. Where do you think the connected car is headed? Is it something you are interested in? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Twitter/Facebook.

Have a great Friday everyone!!

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