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Autopia Planes, Trains, Automobiles and the Future of Transportation ‘Talking’ Cars Could Hit the Road by 2012 By Ben Mack February 26, 2009 | 1:04 pm | Categories: Uncategorized Dust off that leather jacket and those tight jeans, Knight Rider fans. An Australian startup says "talking" cars could be on the road as soon as 2012 and the technology could reduce fatalities by half. The technology developed by Cohda Wireless and researchers at the University of South Australia combines Wi-Fi and GPS technology in a system called dedicated short-range communications to make each car a node on a huge communication network. Those vehicles can communicate with each other and warn drivers of potential collisions. The company also claims the system would minimize traffic jams and curb emissions by more effectively managing traffic to avoid congestion. "This technology essentially equips vehicles with the ability to see around corners and to predict and avoid dangerous situations," said professor Alex Grant, head of the university’s Institute for Telecommunications. Cohda is one of several companies joining automakers in developing car-to-car communications and in-car
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