Yvonne Carts-Powell

Twofer: Cars talk to each other and play follow-the-leader

In beautiful, technology on October 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

More about how robots are starting to drive cars, this time with two stories from New Scientist magazine.

First, by communicating with each other, cars could avoid obstacles they can’t even see. The work from MIT is still preliminary (only tested on golf carts thus far), but it’s focused on developing a language to allow cars to talk to each other.

Volvo is involved in the second (and, to my mind more exciting) story about “platooning” cars. Many drivers are already familiar with using GPS navigation and cruise control. What if you could set a sort of super cruise control and stop using your hands as well as your feet? The front car in the “platoon” has a professional driver behind the wheel. The rest of the cars, communicating via Wi-Fi (Geek-detail: IEEE 802.11p), brake at the same time and turn at the same spot as the first car. The video below shows the platoon in action, or read more: Out of control: Driving in a platoon of hands-free cars.


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