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­ of W Research Could Revolutionize the Way We Drive


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A driver looks forward to fewer collisions.

Researchers at the University of Windsor are working on technology that connects to a vehicle's navigation system to generate safety warnings that will reduce the number of collisions the vehicle is likely to experience.

Credit: AtAutomotiveLLC.com

University of Windsor (UWindsor) researchers are programming technology designed to reduce roadway collisions.

The technology connects to a vehicle's navigational system and collects data about acceleration, speed, steering angle, velocity, and spatial location, according to UWindsor professor Arunita Jaekel.

The researchers are developing algorithms that turn this information into safety warnings and give drivers alerts about hazards. "Hopefully, we can build the research group up and position ourselves to be a major player in" the development of autonomous vehicles, Jaekel says.

The researchers are working with industry partners such as Google, Apple, Arada Systems, and several automakers.

In addition, the U.S. and Canadian governments are considering mandating vehicle-to-vehicle communication. "Before you can have self-driving cars, the first step is to have vehicles communicate with each other even when there is a human driver in the vehicle," Jaekel says.

The researchers believe this technology will reduce the risk of traffic accidents. "If the on-board device alerts them to the braking before they see it's needed, everyone slows down together and this drastically reduces the risk of multiple collisions," says UWindsor researcher Jordan Willis.

From Windsor Star (Canada)
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