connected vehicles en New study shows drivers don't trust connected vehicles <p></p><p>A few years ago, most of us would not know what the phrase "connected vehicles" meant. Today, the technology is being used in more vehicles, in hopes of cutting down on accidents and traffic jams.&nbsp;</p><p>A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds that even as the public welcomes the prospect of safer driving, they are still worried about being hacked and preserving their privacy.&nbsp;</p><p>We were joined by the researchers who conducted this study.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:32:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 17624 at U-M sets goal of driverless car network by 2021 <p>The University of Michigan has announced a collaboration with government and business to make its hometown of Ann Arbor the first American city with a shared fleet of networked, driverless vehicles by 2021.&nbsp;</p><p>The school says its Mobility Transformation Center is pursuing the goal of having a driverless vehicle system in operation within eight years.</p><p></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:12:34 +0000 Associated Press 15215 at Brave new connected vehicle world launches at UMTRI this week (VIDEO) <p align="LEFT">The world's largest-ever test of connected vehicle technology got underway in Ann Arbor this week.</p><p align="LEFT">Experts predict that our cars will one day routinely "talk" to one another with wireless communication devices -- preventing huge numbers of traffic accidents.</p><p align="LEFT">Already, ordinary motorists have experienced driving with the devices on closed courses.&nbsp; One study was held last year at the Michigan International Speedway.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Now, in the next step, the technology is being tested under real-world conditions.&nbsp; By October, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI for short)&nbsp;plans to install some version of wireless car-to-car communication devices in nearly 3,000 people's cars, as well as on some city and school busses.</p><p align="LEFT">Traffic signal-to-car communication devices will be installed at&nbsp;numerous intersections; others will be mounted&nbsp;near&nbsp;potentially dangerous sections of roadway.</p><p align="LEFT">See a video of how the technology works:&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">For a year, the motorists will&nbsp;travel their usual ways, occasionally crossing paths.</p><p align="LEFT">UMTRI will collect the data, which will eventually help researchers determine how well the technology works in real life.&nbsp;&nbsp; Researchers may be able to prove that a handful of accidents were averted.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">But the real potential for the technology is when it is adopted on a wide scale, in millions of vehicles.</p><p align="LEFT">UMTRI Director Peter Sweatman thinks the potential to save lives is huge.</p><p align="LEFT">"Motor vehicle injuries and fatalities are the number one public health problem in this country -- I don't think people realize that," Sweatman says, standing in a big garage bay where technicians are installing the devices in study participants' cars.&nbsp;&nbsp;"Between the ages of 1 and 35 - that's the no. 1 cause of death!"</p><p align="LEFT"> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:34:26 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8763 at Brave new connected vehicle world launches at UMTRI this week (VIDEO) "Talking" cars hitting the road in Ann Arbor <p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Michigan today touting <a href="">a major advance in Smart Car technology.</a></p><p></p><p>By October, three thousand cars, trucks and buses outfitted with a special Wi-Fi system will travel around Ann Arbor as part of a one year test of the system.</p><p></p><p>A few hundred are already on the road.</p><p></p><p>LaHood says the Smart Car system allows vehicles to “talk” to each other and hopefully avoid accidents.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:04:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 8748 at "Talking" cars hitting the road in Ann Arbor MIS to help test connected vehicle technology <p>About 100 people will &ldquo;start their engines,&rdquo; at the Michigan International Speedway this week. But it won&rsquo;t be for a race. The MIS is lending its track to the U.S. Department of Transportation to test vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.</p><p>Connected vehicle technology allows cars to communicate with other cars and the road<span>. </span></p><p>Devices installed in a car warn a driver that a crash is imminent or that they&rsquo;re about to run a red light.</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 14:32:13 +0000 Tracy Samilton 3646 at MIS to help test connected vehicle technology