The power of technology is amazing, but even more amazing are the brains that dream up ways to harness technology for the good of mankind. Every single day you can find news of such advancement, but some days the news is such that it affects us all. Such is the case with the news out of University of Minnesota Duluth that professor Imran Hayee with his his electrical engineering graduate students has created the technology that will allow cars to communicate with each other. Oh yes, that is correct. Via technology, travelers in congested areas will be alerted of obstacles and traffic challenges ahead of them from other cars.
Doesn’t it all sound so The Jetsons? The use of technology to address challenges and create solutions has become a virtually unlimited world. It really is true – if you can conceive it, you can create it.
The only challenge beyond that is to sell using it to the part of society that still owns VCRs and cassette players. What??? You don’t still have these at your house??
But never fear, some technology moves forward whether folks are able to jump on the learning curve or not, and that my friends is a good thing. Evolution is necessary and especially salient is evolution that enhances safety. Communicating cars are on their way. The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that performance standards be developed for the “connected vehicle” technology and are looking to make it a requirement for new vehicles in the not too distant future. It is akin to crowdsourcing for cars – holy moly!
It is believed that this advancement will garner more significant safety results than seat belts or air bags. Indeed, experts estimate that this type of technology could potentially prevent 80 percent of all accidents in the United States that do not involve impaired drivers. Thank you to Professor Hayee and all the brilliant curious minds that create solutions that many of us could never even conceive. Your efforts will save many thousands of lives into the future and will make communicating cars as commonplace as VCRs once were.
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