Volvo Connecting Cars via Cloud to Warn of Road Hazards
Imagine a future where cars can talk to each other, and warn fellow drivers about potential road hazards. A new pilot system being enacted by Volvo and Swedish transportation officials could shed some light on that future of interconnected cars, for the betterment of safety on our roads. Volvo has announced an initiative with the Swedish Transportation Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for cars to share certain information via the cloud. Cars would share real-time data about traction, and the lack thereof, thereby informing other cars on the road about slippery conditions. RELATED: Volvo Talks Upcoming XC90, Twin-Charging, New Safety Innovations If a car’s traction control system senses traction loss, it transmits that information on Volvo’s database via the mobile phone network. That information is then transmitted to other cars on the road behind that first vehicle that sensed the slip. The result is cars that are approaching the icy conditions can either avoid it entirely, or simply slow down. Sometimes it is that brief decrease in speed that can get you could of trouble– rather than being forced to hit the brakes when it is already too late.
The information can also be sent to local transportation administration offices, so that they can send the appropriate personnel and equipment to address those icy conditions. There is a massive opportunity for automakers and governments to improve roads and cars to make driving in harrowing conditions much safer.
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Still, the most traditional way to warn other drivers has always been the flashing of the high beams to let oncoming traffic know about a speed trap. We doubt law enforcement agencies will allow these systems to communicate the location of traffic cops to other cars!