MI Dealers May Hear GM Developing Automatic Wireless Pedestrian Detection Technology

July 27th, 2012

DETROIT – Some MI dealers may have heard about one of the newest technologies being developed by General Motors: Wireless Pedestrian Detection Technology. This newest technology should allow vehicles to detect pedestrians and bicyclists whether on congested streets or in areas that have poor visibility conditions.

“This new wireless capability could warn drivers about pedestrians who might be stepping into the roadway from behind a parked vehicle, or bicyclists who are riding in the car’s blind spot,” said Nady Boules, GM Global R&D director of the Electrical and Control Systems Research Lab. “Wi-Fi Direct has the potential to become an integral part of the comprehensive driver assistance systems we offer on many of our Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles.”

Adding this safety features to their vehicles can help drivers reduce the number of fatalities yearly. It may be a surprise to know that in 2010 it was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that 4,280 pedestrians and 618 bicyclists were killed in that year alone.

As some MI dealers may know, the technology relies on Wi-Fi Direct, which is a program that allows devices like smartphones to communicate directly to each other instead of through an access point like a cellphone tower. With the elimination of the step between cellphone and cellphone tower, it would take a Wi-Fi powered device to connect in one second instead of the standard seven to eight seconds, according to General Motors’ article.

How the new General Motors technology would work.

“Wi-Fi Direct’s fast connections offer a distinct advantage in vehicle applications,” said Donald Grimm, GM Global R&D senior researcher of perception and vehicle control systems. “The quicker a vehicle can detect other Wi-Fi Direct users, the greater the potential for collision avoidance.”

There may be more work to be done between General Motors and its new technology; but if the technology can be completed and incorporated into models, MI dealers may have one of the best features to offer their future customers.

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