Google's driverless car team recently decided that they will begin using robot cars on their commute to work, but for most of us such luxuries are still a ways off. In the meantime, Michigan has announced its own test of an automated traffic safety system.
The test system is called Connected Vehicles and was launched by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Connected Vehicles will allow 3,000 cars in the Ann Arbor area to communicate with each other via Wi-Fi to avoid accidents and improve the overall flow of traffic. Manned by volunteers driving buses, cars, and trucks, the warnings will include alerts sent to vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication devices that will detect impending collisions and lane changes made by vehicles moving into the blind spots of other vehicles.
The pilot program is scheduled to last for one year and will be used to determine the possible rollout of a larger system by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the future.