Saturday, April 19, 2008

All drivers can become mapmakers

This interesting post talks about a large European project on car and road safety that has developed a system that will read satellite navigation maps and warn the driver of upcoming hazards: 'sharp bends, dips and accident black spots – which may be invisible to the driver. Even better, the system can update the geographic database. Suddenly, all drivers can become mapmakers':

You are driving along an unfamiliar road, using your satellite navigation to find your way. But clever technology in your car is also tracking the route, looking at the terrain, and upcoming bends and intersections. It has information on accident blind spots, dips in the road, and more. Linking into other in-car wireless communication systems, it can even communicate with other vehicles in the vicinity.

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