Researchers at work, designing a smartphone application that will avoid a vehicle from knocking you down while crossing the road.
General Motors said it is working on a smartphone application that will allow pedestrians and cyclist warn a driver, one they get close.
The technology is based on Wi-Fi Direct, a computer networking system that allows smartphones to move information without needing a wireless hotspot to connect them.
“The system can integrate with ”other sensor-based object detection and driver alert systems already available on production vehicles to alert drivers within a second when they approach a cyclist or pedestrian with a smartphone loaded with the wireless technology”, says the researches working with GM.
Alreary they are working out a downloable app useful for high-risk roas users such as roadwork crews and bike-based couriers service men.
The director of GM Global R ‘n’ D’s Electrical and Control Systems Research Lab, Nady Boules said “This new wireless capability could warn drivers about pedestrians who might be stepping into the roadway from behind a parked vehicle, or bicyclists who are riding in the car’s blind spot.”
The device with the Wi-Fi Direct standard allows you to be able see one another from a distance approximation of 200 metres away.
The research also stated that, carmaker will be able to improve car-to-car communication with this standard.This is a very necessary development as our road cootinually becomes more crowded and vehicles start to talk to each other to work out the best route.