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Detroit ITS World Congress Highlights Vehicle-Vehicle and Vehicle-Infrastructure Communication

By Mr. Richard Beaubien P.E., PTOE posted 09-08-2014 02:26 AM


General Motors Co. said Sunday it will debut a 2017 Cadillac CTS with standard technology capable of talking to other cars and roadway infrastructure to alert drivers of hazards. It also will roll out advanced driver-assist technology that will allow a vehicle to drive itself on highways at full speed or in stop-and-go traffic; the feature called Super Cruise will debut on a different 2017 Cadillac. Both vehicles would hit showrooms in about two years, the automaker said.

GM expects to be the first automaker to offer a car with vehicle-to-vehicle technology allowing it to talk with other vehicles and transportation points to alert drivers to potential problems in road conditions and in its path ahead. For example, the upcoming CTS could alert a driver that a car five vehicles ahead suddenly braked.

Company CEO Mary Barra made the announcements to hundreds during the kickoff of the annual World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. Thousands of industry professionals are gathering this week for the event at Cobo Center. GM said it is deploying the technologies to help reduce or eliminate traffic crashes, road congestion and help the environment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently said rules that would require vehicle-to-vehicle communication are expected to be announced by the end of 2016.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said Sunday it is partnering with GM, Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center consortium to add vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to more than 120 miles of Metro Detroit highways. It’s expected to be the largest deployment of vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in the U.S. when fully completed.

The first “connected corridor” is slated for the heavily traveled 50-mile stretch of Interstate 96/Interstate 696 from U.S. 23 in Brighton, east to Interstate 94 in St. Clair Shores, MDOT says.

The state will add a network of sensors and cameras on the sides of highways to collect data that can be communicated to vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure equipped cars

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