Automakers have been spending millions of dollars developing ways to make everyday driving safer and more enjoyable. However, in most cases new vehicles can only be equipped with features that monitor how you drive and what is around you. This ultimately leaves it up to the other motorist to pay attention to what is around them, which we know doesn't always happen. The good news is, Nissan is developing a system that should help you to avoid those drivers that are "lacking in skill" behind the wheel and hopefully an expensive repair bill.
The most amusing feature is the warning that will go off when you are going the wrong way on an exit ramp. By using an on-board GPS system, the computer can determine the speed and direction of the vehicle and, after a quick search of local maps, will advise the driver if it appears they are moving against traffic.
The new system can also serve as a means to avoid collisions with pedestrians while in urban areas. Once again relying on the GPS system, the computer will try to track anyone carrying a GSP equipped cell phone and calculate their path. If the system determines there might be a problem, it will send a warning to the driver via audible alarms and text. My only real question is if the system is going to be able to handle a busy crosswalk without overloading.
Just in case that isn't enough, Nissan is also working on another feature that uses the GPS system to determine the location of you vehicle and warn you of changes in vehicle speed due to the local topography. As you approach a hill, either upward or downward, the system will be able to provide a warning to watch for vehicles either slowing down or speeding up. While I'm sure this could be very useful, I prefer to just look in front of me.
The new system will undoubtedly be the foundation for a next generation car to car communication system with ever more safety features and little bits of technology. Interestingly enough, Nissan chose not to incorporate a computer assisted braking system to slow the vehicle if the driver does not. Perhaps it will make an appearance in the second generation?
No word on how long till the system is complete or what vehicle is will make its debut on, but it will be interesting to see it in action when it does hit the streets. Engadget