connected vehicles en 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