GM investigating Wi-Fi sensing Technology for Vehicles

Bicylcist on a busy street - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) announced that they are working on technology for vehicles to sense Wi-Fi found in Smartphones to let drivers know when a person is crossing the street or riding a bicycle. This could be helpful on busy intersections and streets, and in poor visibility situations.

Additionally, GM is investigating the idea of a complementary app for Wi-Fi Direct capable Smartphones to help bicyclists and road workers notify Wi-Fi Direct vehicles of there location on the street.

Identifying pedestrians using wireless methods is only part of a larger development project by GM. The company is working on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems. The system would alert the drivers of stalled vehicles, slippery roads, and intersections that have stop signs.

The pedestrian detection system, if successfully implemented in the vehicle, might reduce the number of pedestrian deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 4,280 pedestrians and 618 bicyclists died in 2010 after being struck by a vehicle.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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