Talking Cars Reach Testing Phase

South Australian-developed radio technology allows cars to ‘talk’ to each other and alerts drivers to the risk of an accident

Talking cars could be a coming to a garage near you:

South Australian-developed radio technology that allows cars to ‘talk’ to each other and alerts drivers to the risk of an accident, is getting closer to reality with testing taking place in Adelaide. And yes, we did purposely give our picture caption a funny accent!

The world-leading technology provides warnings to drivers of potential intersection crashes, rear-end collisions and lane drift – and could be available in everyday vehicles as soon as 2012.

The technology will also enable traffic flow management and optimised route selection for drivers, reducing the costs of traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions.

Live safety demonstrations of the technology will be held at an Australian Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) industry event.

Vehicle manufacturers, and state and federal government will be among industry stakeholders who will see first-hand the DSRC technology developed by Kent Town-based company Cohda Wireless. Cohda Wireless was founded in 2004 by a group of scientists working at UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunications Research.

Director of UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunications Research, Professor Alex Grant, said DSRC is a radio technology that combines GPS and Wi-Fi like communications to effectively enable cars to talk to each other.

“On board processing units assess the risk of an accident and provide advice to the driver,” Professor Grant said.

“This technology essentially equips vehicles with the ability to see around corners and to predict and avoid dangerous situations.”

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