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New York to begin testing the government's connected car technology in 10,000 vehicles

By midian182
Sep 15, 2015
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  1. City and federal transportation officials have announced that New York is to receive $20 million as part of a pilot program to outfit as many as 10,000 vehicles with smart devices that will allow them to communicate with each other and to city infrastructure.

    The government has been testing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in collaboration with the University of Michigan since 2012. As part of its expansion to New York, the city’s vehicles - including cars, yellow cabs, buses and trucks - are to be retrofitted with sensory devices that allow anonymous V2V communication to avert crashes. The technology is also being installed in some street infrastructure, such as poles and roadside units.

    The devices create a network of communicating sensors sending out signals over a specific wireless spectrum band which warns drivers of any impending dangers, such as cars braking suddenly, vehicles in a blindspot or someone changing lanes without indicating. By using the Vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, drivers can be warned of dangers such as red-light violations and any stop signs they may not notice.

    "Today's announcement is a big step forward for the future of how we move in this country, from our rural communities to our biggest cities," US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said.

    The aim of the program is to cut the number of traffic crashes and deaths. The government said last year that it would eventually make V2V a requirement in all vehicles. One issue the technology has faced is that some senators want to open up the 5.9 GHz spectrum the network operates on to other users, which would result in V2V having to find a dedicated band in order to avoid interference from electrical devices such as smartphones.

    New York is joining Tampa, Florida, and Wyoming in testing the V2V system. The program is also looking at implementing the technology into pedestrian’s smartphones which, for example, could alert drivers if they are in danger of hitting someone on a crosswalk.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    This will be a major source of revenue for NY. If it can tell you about traffic lights and stop signs, it can forward local PD your travel speed. Radar guns will be obsolete.
     
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  3. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 120   +17

    Sound to me like a perfect way for the government to track everyone's location in real time. Not that it would ever be used by the forces of evil... (eyes rolling)
     
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  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,319   +709

    And its
    Not question that it will be tracking your position at all times, otherwise those accident avoidance systems wouldn't work. Just knowing a car somewhere near you slammed on its brakes does no good..you have to know exactly where it is in relation to your vehicle. If this becomes mandatory I guess I won't be buying any new cars, at least until the system can be disabled somehow. And let's not even get into the whole issue of liability - we already have multiple court cases where automated systems are being blamed for driver mistakes.
     
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 908   +384

    They "offer" this under the false notion of SAFETY, but it is nothing more than MONITORING the
    citizens. Considering the SHEEPLE in this country, wouldn't surprise me if this goes nationwide
    in a few years, and will be mandated that all vehicles have it.
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +273

    You are already being tracked with your smart phone.... not sure why you are so worried. The evil is already done.
     

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