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Technology could stop speeding and crashes

Monday 25th May 2009

A device that could ‘dramatically reduce’ the number of collisions by eliminating driver error is to be tested in Europe, according to a report last week in The Times.

The system uses technology similar to wi-fi to enable vehicles to communicate with each other, sharing information about their speed and location, to determine when a crash is imminent. It can then warn the driver or take over the controls.

The Times says that Cohda Wireless, an Australian technology start-up, will announce this month that it has signed a multi-million-pound contract with a partnership of several European governments to begin the first big trial of its vehicle communication system. It claims the technology could cut road fatalities by half.

Known as the Cohda intelligent transport system, the technology uses a GPS locator and a chip that allows cars to communicate their speed and location to other similarly equipped vehicles within a 500ft radius. The device will alert drivers if, for example, a car jumps a red light, or advise them when it is unsafe to overtake. If it detects the potential for a collision, the system can give an audible warning or take over the reins if the driver’s reactions prove too slow.

Click here to read the full Times Online news report.

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If we are forced to obey speed limits than speed limits must be made realistic. Too many limits are too low. Being made to drive too slowly just to meet an arbitrary limit can be a distraction and cause accidents.
Bobbio, St Albans

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