General Motors has announced they are developing a wireless pedestrian detection system that could easily identify people even in poor visibility.

General Motors has announced they are developing a wireless pedestrian detection system that could easily identify people even in poor visibility.

The system relies on the Wi-Fi Direct peer-to-peer wireless standard which normally allows smartphones to communicate directly with each. GM has taken this technology and expanded its potential by developing a system that could detect pedestrians via their smartphone.

Ideally, the automaker would develop an app for pedestrians and employees that work close to the road (ie: bike messengers and construction workers). When a pedestrian is detected near the vehicle, a warning would be displayed to alert the driver.

According to Nady Boules, GM Global R&D director of the Electrical and Control Systems Research Lab, "Wi-Fi Direct has the potential to become an integral part of the comprehensive driver assistance systems we offer on many of our Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles."

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