Known in the industry as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (or V2X) technology, it allows cars to communicate with other vehicles equipped with similar technology and motorway infrastructure such as traffic lights.
"The V2X technology creates a safer environment, improved driver awareness against potential collisions and eventually leads to autonomous driving," said
"The idea is to minimise human interaction to as little as possible. We are now in the final testing stages, and we plan to submit a proposal on the new technology to the
Autograde – which specialises in technology research, product development and manufacturing services – wants to introduce automated driving throughout the
At last month's
Autograde plans to conduct road tests for the V2X technology in the
Currently, the car systems available in the
"Many vehicle manufacturers have systems that automatically detect, with radar or infrared sensors, a vehicle in front of them or to the side, as well as the edge of a pavement," he said.
"The systems may take the form of an 'adaptive cruise control' available from Mercedes that adjusts the vehicle's speed based on the speed [of the vehicle in front] and required safe distance …. as well as the 'lane departure warning' systems, which provide a warning vibration, chime or light when a vehicle is wandering out of a travel lane.
"Several car makers such as
"Obviously, the next step beyond this is communication between the vehicles, as well as between the vehicles and the roadside infrastructure, enabling real-time information about how fast other vehicles are travelling, [as well as] regulatory information or warning information."
The end result, he said, was a reduction in collisions.
A simple application of this technology is that it indicates any vehicle within a 100-metre radius, giving the driver enough time to react when a vehicle suddenly appears from nowhere, according to
"V2X communication also holds the key for government authorities to smoothen traffic by monitoring vehicle flow, red-light violations, hit-and-run cases, among others," he said.
Any technology that reduces the amount of human error could help reduce traffic accidents, said
"The human being, regardless of technology applied, is the weakest link in road safety.
"The same effort that goes into developing new technology should be applied in developing safe drivers," he said.
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