GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

User avatar
Aushiker
Posts: 21587
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:55 pm
Location: Fremantle, WA
Contact:

GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

Postby Aushiker » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:29 pm

Image

General Motors is working to expand upon its vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems that are being developed to allow information to be shared between vehicles and infrastructure to provide advance warning of potential road hazards, such as stalled vehicles, slippery roads, road works, intersections, stop signs and the like. The automaker is now looking to add pedestrians and cyclists to the mix so a car can detect them in low visibility conditions before the driver does.

Instead of relying on Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology like the V2I and V2V systems, the pedestrian-detecting system under development uses Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer standard that allows Wi-Fi devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to connect directly to each other without the need for a wireless hotspot.

GM says that integrating Wi-Fi Direct with other sensor-based object detection and driver alert systems already available in many production vehicles will enable pedestrians and cyclists carrying Wi-Fi Direct-enabled smartphones to be detected. And whereas conventional systems will have a lag of around seven to eight seconds because a signal needs to be sent to and from a mobile phone tower, Wi-Fi Direct offers location data that is current up to one second as it eliminates this intermediate step.


More details at Gizmag.

Andrew
Andrew
~ Aushiker.com

User avatar
Max
Posts: 2895
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:29 pm
Location: Brisbane
Contact:

Re: GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

Postby Max » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:03 pm

Because trusting motorists to use their eyes, ears and brains to detect other road users really is too much to ask.

</cynicism>

Max
One of the best things about bicycle commuting is that it can mitigate the displeasure of having to go to work. - BikeSnobNYC
Cycling is sometimes like bobbing for apples in a bucket full of dicks. - SydGuy

User avatar
ozdavo
Posts: 997
Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:03 pm
Location: Gold Coast (nth)

Re: GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

Postby ozdavo » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:03 pm

Police: sir what do you have to say in defence about running over the cyclist?
Motorist: it not my fault, my car didn't tell me he was there!
Always looking for new rides & ride partners in SE QLD area

User avatar
Mulger bill
Super Mod
Super Mod
Posts: 28271
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:41 pm
Location: Sunbury Vic

Re: GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:28 pm

What a great idea!

Now than relax and avoid mis spellings 'cos they'll only have to look up from their smartphone when the car beeps at them.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011

User avatar
il padrone
Posts: 22730
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:57 pm
Location: Heading for home.

Re: GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

Postby il padrone » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:58 pm

ozdavo wrote:Police: sir what do you have to say in defence about running over the cyclist?
Motorist: it not my fault, my car didn't tell me he was there!

He didn't have a smart-phone, I couldn't see him.


Scurrilous BS systems IMHO
Mandatory helmet law?
"An unjustified and unethical imposition on a healthy activity."

User avatar
Ross
Posts: 4505
Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:53 pm

Re: GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

Postby Ross » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:02 pm

Car drivers need less gizmos and need to use their own built in gizmos that nature provided (sight, hearing etc). People are becoming to lazy and complacent and relying on technology too much. Good examples are people who have driven off roads becasue the GPS "told" them to.

User avatar
g-boaf
Posts: 6938
Joined: Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:11 pm

Re: GM Wi-Fi Direct-equipped cars to detect cyclists

Postby g-boaf » Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:11 pm

Ross wrote:Car drivers need less gizmos and need to use their own built in gizmos that nature provided (sight, hearing etc). People are becoming to lazy and complacent and relying on technology too much. Good examples are people who have driven off roads becasue the GPS "told" them to.


Perhaps cars need more gizmos. Like a gizmo that won't allow you to start the engine if the car detects that your phone or music-player is turned on.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users