Cars in Volvo pilot program can warn each other of slippery roads
In a new pilot project by Volvo, cars can communicate with each other about road conditions through the Internet cloud.
The pilot is one of the first practical examples of the way communication between vehicles over the mobile network enables vehicles to speakê to each other and with the traffic environment, says Eric Israelsson, project leader cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport System) at Volvo Cars. The aim, of course, is to improve traffic safety.
When the Volvo test car detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is transmitted to Volvoês database via the mobile phone network. A instant warning is transmitted to approaching vehicles on their instrument cluster. The warning will be adapted to match the severity level. Information about the icy patch is also sent to the road administrator so the contractors can quickly address changing conditions.
Volvo currently has 50 test cars in the program, with more expected next winter.Download Bulletin PDF