talking cars

Transportation
6:12 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

U-M sets goal of driverless car network by 2021

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. 

The school says its Mobility Transformation Center is pursuing the goal of having a driverless vehicle system in operation within eight years.

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Transportation
12:04 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

"Talking" cars hitting the road in Ann Arbor

A glass panel display shows how vehicles equipped with the new technology will be able to communicate with one another and roadway infrastructure, like traffic signals
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Michigan today touting a major advance in Smart Car technology.

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.

A few hundred are already on the road.

LaHood says the Smart Car system allows vehicles to “talk” to each other and hopefully avoid accidents.

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