AMERICAJR NETWORK :: COACH'S CORNER PRO SHOP :: SAND CREEK RECORDS :: LIFE MADE EASY

DETROIT, MICHIGAN USA << >> LIVE STOCK TICKER

OUR HOMEPAGE

NEWS
Current News Index
Local News
National News
Downtown Hoedown
Pictures (NEW)
Meet the Web Team
Metro Detroit Traffic Info
Detroit Auto Show
SPORTS
Current Sports Index
Schedules and Results
NHL Hockey
NBA/NCAA Basketball
NASCAR Auto Racing
Sports Pictures
WEATHER
Weather Index
LIVE Detroit Radar
LIVE Regional Radar
U.S. Forecasts
TRIVIA
Jeopardy! Trivia
Archived Trivia
ENTERTAINMENT
Entertainment Index
New Movie Releases
New Movie Reviews
New CD Releases
New Music Reviews
Video Game Reviews
Detroit Concert Listing
Restaurant Reviews
TV Award Shows
Downtown Hoedown
YOUR OPINION
Our Message Boards
Become a Member
Testimonials
GUESTBOOK
Sign Guestbook
View Guestbook
ABOUT US
Read About Our History
Corporate Thank You's
Advertise on Our Site
CONTESTS
Register to Win Prizes
Meet All Our Winners
SITEMAP
Listing of Every Page
AMERICAJR EMAIL
Email Login
Password
New users
sign up!
 
SPONSORED BY:

2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Reviews + Interviews

New technologies to make driving safer and easier

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Steven Underwood, Ph.D. speaks at the Detroit Free Press building.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 


DETROIT -- Steven Underwood is the research scientist at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. New gadgets will be added to vehicles to prevent crashes, manage traffic better, and alert the driver of inclement weather or accidents ahead.

In 2002, there was only 72 sensors in the typical vehicle. By the year 2010, every automobile will come assemled with 250 or more sensors. These sensors will allow vehicles to communicate with each other. Motorists will get warnings about road conditions, weather, crashes up ahead and much more. The driver will also be given shorter routes to take.

The new "Digital Highway" will allow for quicker recalls from manufacturers. This will be the first time that manufacturers will have a direct relationship with the consumer.

"Customers want safety, mobility and conveneience. Technology [will be] in place to avoid accidents," Steven Underwood said. "Things are changing in the automobile."

How will all of this work? Automobiles will be equipped with devices to communicate via 802.11G, 3G and GPS. They will have receivers and transmitters just like your notebook computer has. In order for all of this to work, there has to be an agreement between the U.S. government and the telecommunication companies.

These new technologies will make cars and trucks safer. Public roads will also become safer at the same time. It will create a totally new industry for automobiles that never existed before.

Underwood took a survey at the Center for Automotive Research. He asked 12 industry experts to answer a set of questions. The top responses indicated the need for in-vehicle warnings at intersections, signals and road features plus the need to communicate with cell towers. Responders said the most important goal was to prevent crashes and manage traffic better.

In 2005, there was 6.16 million automobile crashes in the U.S. Of those crashes, 43,443 people died. There was 2.7 million people injured in those crashes. On average, 119 people die everyday because of a motor vehicle crash. That equals one crash every 12 minutes, according to CAR.

What do consumers want? They are looking for side airbags, stability control and backup assist. The population is growing each and every year. People are driving more than ever.

According to the World Health Organization, traffic deaths will double by 2020. That is why these new technologies are so important. Three quarters of crashes are due to driver error. Another 14% of them are because of the physiological state of the driver (alcohol-related).

If these new technologies are implemented, one million crashes can be prevented. The U.S. has dedicated 75 MHz of bandwith for traffic safety. Most countries do not have the space available. It will allow for communication between vehicles, intersections and the government. Receivers and transmitters will need to be installed at intersections and along the national highways.

The term for the new technology is Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC). About 20% of all vehicles will be equipped with DSRC by 2013-15. DSRC should be standard by 2025. An initial test of the technology should be completed by 2008. About 50% of new cars and trucks will have transceivers by 2016.

In order for the new technology to work, there has to be high availability throughout the country. The entire country has to deploy DSRC. It will also require funding from the U.S. government.

DSRC will be used to prevent and warn drivers. It will reduce the severity of crashes and protect you more. DSRC will notify the police and deliver medical help for you. It will assist in detecting blind spots.

AmericaJR.com has the BEST Pictures of the 2007 North American International Auto Show. See all the hot new cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. Click here to view our Auto Show Photos section. Rated #1 on Google and Yahoo! for the past five years.

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Steven Underwood explains this powerpoint presentation.

 

This page was last updated on Sun, January 14, 2007 3:47 PM

::  Return to Our Coverage of the 2007 NAIAS ::

SPONSORED BY:
Once again, AmericaJR.com will Broadcast LIVE from the 2007 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show Press Week and Industry Preview Days. Read our Press Release.
We will bring you the most comprehensive coverage ever with interviews, reviews and the best pictures around. It's all from AmericaJR.com -- Detroit's #1 Website.

Official NAIAS logos used with permission under license.

>> Bookmark This Site Now! <<

BACK TO THE AMERICAJR ONLINE HOMEPAGE

Copyright © 2007 AmericaJR.com. All Rights Reserved.
Unauthorized duplication or use of Text, Site Template, Graphics and or Site Design is Prohibited by Federal and International laws. See our Notice/Disclaimer.

AMERICAJR NETWORK :: COACH'S CORNER PRO SHOP :: SAND CREEK RECORDS :: LIFE MADE EASY