We knew that the US Department of Transportation was testing connected vehicle technology in the relatively small town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But now that tech is getting a big test in a big city: New York.
The 1950s: the era of American optimism! A decade of scientific advancement! All predicated on the idea that the future is something to look forward to, and that we can make a better world for our children!
Here’s the driver’s dream: A vehicle that sends us where we want to go, plays the music we want to hear, and allows us to communicate (within reason) with the outside world, all with minimal distraction. It’s the vision of the connected car, and it’s a promise many automakers hope to deliver for 2015.
Late last night, a bill was introduced to the Senate that would open up the wireless band reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications. This is an epically bad idea. By allowing other devices to play in those airwaves, one of the biggest safety innovations this side of autonomous cars is under threat.
Was today really the start of spring? Could the end of this brutal and obscene winter finally be upon us? I almost feel like it's too good to be true, and that's why I'm glad Volvo is working on something that could put bad weather in its place.
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Autonomous cars are the future. Connected cars are also the future. The future makes me want to hurl.
Imagine a world where everyone's cars are in constant communication with one another so they can act in an emergency to prevent a crash. That's what the federal government said they want today, with a "moonshot" goal of preventing up to 80 percent of crashes.