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Saving Lives at Rail Crossings


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La Trobe University (LTU) researchers have developed a wireless system that enables cars and trains to communicate with each other and avoid collisions at rail crossings. The researchers say the system could save an average of 37 lives a year and an estimated $100 million by eliminating rail crossing collisions. "The outcome promises to benefit greatly driving safety in Australia, with the added potential of being able to export leading-edge Australian technology design and expertise," says LTU professor Paul Johnson.

The system uses dedicated wireless networks integrated with global positioning systems.

"By using the latest in wireless technology we can create 360-degree driver awareness over a longer range at far cheaper costs—and at vehicle speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour," says LTU professor Jack Singh. He says the project is part of a worldwide effort to develop intelligent transportation systems and smart cars.

From La Trobe University
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