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Cars 'talking' to cars: Safety takes a quantum leap in Ann Arbor

GasBuddy Blog -- Ann Arbor, Mich. is soon to become the testing ground for automotive safety technology that is expected to benefit generations to come. AP reports that in a few weeks about 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will start talking to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor in a giant experiment that government officials are hoping will lead to safer roads.

Wireless devices will allow the vehicles to send signals to each other, warning the drivers of potential dangers such as stopped traffic ahead or cars that might be blowing through a red light. The devices can even get traffic lights to turn green if no cars are coming the other way.

Researchers from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the University of Michigan are hoping the...


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WIWalt
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:48:02 AM

I may need it when I get really old
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 6:35:02 AM

and will there be enough warning before such devices fail and thus cause possibly more accidents b/c ppl rely on the doo-hicky gadgets and gizmos?
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 6:33:58 AM

Big Brother watching...? Too much left to technology and too little responsibility on the people operating the vehicle.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:46:46 PM

And guess who's going to pay for all these geeky gizmos....
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 9:22:04 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 7:05:46 PM

Could be a good thing as there a lot of idiot drivers out there.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 6:55:11 PM

Cool. That type of technology will work until driver's begin relying on it too much.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 3:22:18 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 3:00:50 PM

It may work?
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 2:26:49 PM

Sounds great from a safety and technical standpoint but not so sure concerning security, personal privacy and, as one member noted, could be a hacker's paradise.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 1:55:22 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 12:23:03 PM

Just what we need...more geotags. Who's gonna tell George Orwell about this? (1984)
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:55:50 AM

I'll wait for this inovation.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:54:11 AM

These wireless devices could also send information to people / groups the consumer does not want.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:49:31 AM

Sounds like that's cool...
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:42:17 AM

this sounds like a hackers paradise, i can see all kinds of problems with that.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:42:11 AM

Big changes coming to the way people(or computers) drive, I will be interested to see how this experiment works out.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:35:40 AM

smoke screen of politics
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:34:11 AM

Next they will alert local police where you are, and your breaking traffic laws.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:26:55 AM

Big Brother is coming. So they will be marketing ads to the auto LCD screens and Big Brother can track our every move
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The future is coming!
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we will become their slaves one day
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:23:39 AM

By getting traffic lights to turn green when no cars are coming the other way, we eliminate breaks in traffic and can kill more pedestrians who are unwilling to walk a half mile or more to the intersection and back, so they can cross where there is a cross walk. Death to pedestrians and bicyclists, the motor vehicle must be kept king!
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:23:25 AM

Lots of rooms for errors
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:21:49 AM

This has good intentions, but there is plenty of room for error. Would like to see the stats after Talking Cars has been rigorously tested and then some.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:20:15 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:18:44 AM

"The devices can even get traffic lights to turn green if no cars are coming the other way." Merveilleux! Quelle bonne idée! ("Wonderful, what a good idea.")

Gonna practice our French everyday in anticipation of our upcoming trip to France.)
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:17:44 AM

ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:16:19 AM

i WILL NEVER BUY ONE LIKE THAT
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:16:18 AM

Old blog post
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:15:32 AM

Here comes big brother
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:13:27 AM

Disater waiting to happen, especially if it can change lights.. What happens when there's a computer glitch, it turns the light green in error?? OOOOPs, I can see a myriad of things going wrong with this.. We should ALL be responsible and keep our eyes and ears open to traffic and things around us, and it would be a safer world.. I'm not going to depend on a computer in a car to tell me when it is safe to go through a cross street etc..
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:11:54 AM

IS ALL THAT JUNK ON CARS REALLY NECESSARY??
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:10:27 AM

I like the idea of traffic lights turning green for you when there is no opposing traffic. Some current one with road sensors already do this.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:10:07 AM

I'm sure that all of the people who think that there's a secret government conspiracy to track the moves of every person in the country will LOVE this!

But if you want a safety innovation that you can implement now, really crack down on drivers who use cellphones or text while driving.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:09:51 AM

cost?
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:08:32 AM

If a good driver already, should not make much difference in safety, just out more money.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:08:16 AM

Progress.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:07:46 AM

Sounds good, my grandkids will likely benefit from this
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:06:32 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:05:22 AM

I don't want Obama Motors vehicles talking to my Ford vehicle!!
Just stay in your own lane and Shut Up!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:04:52 AM

Oh boy....really?
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:04:11 AM

too much inteference
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I see an epic fail on the horizon. Let's invest in more solar companies, we all know how well that has been working out.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:02:55 AM

The small text of this.... must buy a new car otherwise this doesn't work... SPEND MOAR!!!!
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What happens in an argument?
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:59:49 AM

I hope this works sounds good.
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What's next - texting cars? You go technology
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wait and see
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:58:21 AM

They talk to each other in Ann Arbor, but not in Texas.
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