Duluth students working on vehicle communication

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota Duluth electrical engineering professor and his graduate students have developed technology that allows vehicles to essentially ‘talk’ to each other.

The short range communication devices they’ve developed can send messages or signals between vehicles equipped with the technology. When road congestion is ahead, a vehicle that’s braking sends a message to those behind it. The goal is to avoid rear-end collisions and to provide information to drivers who might want to choose a different route.

KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/1cTsJzr ) says the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended the technology to automakers. The professor leading the project, Imran Hayee, says the technology could appear in vehicles in two to four years.

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Information from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com

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