Smart car mobbing to avoid jams
November 17th, 2008

When cars communicate with each other about the traffic they are enduring, their drivers may be steered away from traffic jams. A Wall Street Journal article on the topic is titled Fighting Traffic Jams with Data: Researchers Develop Ways for Cars to ‘Talk’ to Each Other and Send Warnings. The report describes some details of the drive toward smart mobbing cars to avoid jams, and begins:

A symphony of light-emitting diodes, smartphones, global positioning systems and mobile sensors may soon work together to help drivers avoid traffic jams.

Researchers from different universities are working on ways for cars to better communicate with each other and relay crucial driver information such as traffic speed, weather and road conditions. The data could be used to decipher faster routes. In the meantime, there are options for residents of big cities to check out live traffic feeds on their cellphones.

The aim is to address the growing problem of traffic congestion through improved communications between cars. . . .

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