Will a car that receives input from outside sources be safer. That is what a study put together my GM, Ford, University of Michigan and the Department of Transportation are trying to find out. The theory is that if cars could receive input such as road conditions, traffic, or even which way you are heading, then less accidents would happen.
The automakers are contributing to a fleet of more than 3,000 “talking cars,” integrating with 73 lane-miles of roads in Ann Arbor, Mich., which have been equipped with 29 roadside equipment installations. The vehicles and test road will gather data for a year, which the Department of Transportation will then use the findings at the end of 2013 to evaluate whether it works, and if so, how the system could be standardized and implemented.