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DC shows off new car-to-car communication system

Automation is quickly starting to flood automobiles these days and DaimlerChrysler is putting the finishing touches on a system that could make traveling roads safer for drivers around the world. DC's Wireless Local Danger Warning (Willwarn) joins the likes of self-steering, automated parking, radar-based cruise control, radar-based rear collision detection and traffic/weather-enabled GPS systems.

Willwarn uses onboard ABS, ESP, EBD and GPS systems to monitor hazardous road conditions (fog, black ice, pot holes, etc.) or broken down vehicles. The data accumulated is then transmitted via an ad-hoc WiFi connection to following or oncoming vehicles within a 500 meter radius. Cars near the edge of the 500 meter radius of a signaling vehicle can also become a beacon to relay data to more vehicles.

The information collected is then displayed to the driver so that proper precautions can be taken to avoid or safely navigate problem areas on the road.

DaimlerChrysler hopes to have the new system in place by the end of the decade with high-end Mercedes and Maybach models most likely getting first dibs.
Source: DailyTech
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The potential of mischeif makers sending bad data is too big in my opinion. I wouldn't want to take the risk if I were them.
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why dont people just LEARN HOW TO DRIVE?? 15 minute driving tests dont cut it...
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why dont people just LEARN HOW TO DRIVE?? 15 minute driving tests dont cut it...
Mine was 45 minutes

It's easy to say "Learn to drive" but some people are distracted, old, don't see/hear well, have slow reactions, drive too aggressively or defensively, drunk, etc.

Rarely have I heard people NOT answer a cell phone that rings when they drive. How safe is that?

Anyways, I think this could be useful potentially. At the very least it can (when developed) warn you of traffic so you know which highway to take or whatever.
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lol what happens when the system doesnt see a car there and it goes to auto park and rams a BMW
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why dont people just LEARN HOW TO DRIVE?? 15 minute driving tests dont cut it...
Seriously, my driving test was about 3 minutes, I left the DMV lot, turned left, then right, then went straight a bit and then the guy told me to go back and congratulations I had passed. The first thing I said was, no wonder there are so many bad drivers allowed to drive these days
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Most of the test is written. Actual driving part is common sense, so thats why its short. Theres really not much you can do to lengthen it, considering the simplicity of the test.
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Most of the test is written. Actual driving part is common sense, so thats why its short. Theres really not much you can do to lengthen it, considering the simplicity of the test.
I think they should just see how well you park.

I've seen a lot of bad parkers.
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Seriously, my driving test was about 3 minutes, I left the DMV lot, turned left, then right, then went straight a bit and then the guy told me to go back and congratulations I had passed. The first thing I said was, no wonder there are so many bad drivers allowed to drive these days
Maybe it was almost lunch time for him lol
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I think they should just see how well you park.

I've seen a lot of bad parkers.
Here in Canada, you have you parallel park, and park on a hill for your test. Except it doesn't really help cause theres just as many bad drivers here....
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