Researchers at National Taiwan University and Intel are working on machine-to-machine connectivity between vehicles as a way to make roads more predictable and safe. The researchers are giving Internet Protocol addresses to all vehicles, which enables them to be instantly identifiable to nearby cars on the same network.
The researchers also note that this type of system could use global positioning system signals to know other drivers' intentions and destinations. "I could [upload] my route to the cloud and, for example, let cars around me know I'll be on route 101 for the next 10 minutes, and then I'm going to exit," says Intel researcher Jennifer Healey.
A sufficiently large cloud infrastructure also could support the addition of driver histories, enabling cars to adjust their distance based on the safety records of other drivers. "We're even imagining in the future cars would be able to ask other cars, 'Hey, can I cut into your lane?'" Healey says. "Then the other car would let you in."
However, wireless communications vary by region, so although the system might work well in an urban setting, it might be more problematic in a rural area.
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