Over the past three years, Converge, a research initiative funded by the German government, has been studying the possibilities of a true vehicle-to-vehicle network. Converge is concerned with laying the foundation for the day cars will talk to each other, report accidents, and mishaps and, ultimately, create safer driving conditions.
“Only if we manage to combine various communication systems such as wireless LAN, mobile data networks and broadcasting, we will be able to use information about traffic conditions in a better and smarter way,” project coordinator Horst Wieker said at the presentation of CONVERGE results.
“Our goal has been extending different communication systems for the targeted distribution of information and making them shareable,” said Wieker. “Accordingly, we can create the conditions for a significant improvement in traffic flow and enhance road safety.”
Converge envisions a day when other vehicles will be able to tell someone else’s personal vehicle to take another route due to traffic congestion, or warn other drivers of a vehicle heading the wrong way. Information would be based on geographical location, while security systems would be implemented to ensure valid data is transferred from good parties.
“If traffic reports are intelligently networked with the planned route of a truck and the current availability of truck parking areas, freight transport can be routed more efficiently. This avoids delays at loading ramps and supports the driver compliance with statutory rest periods.”
Granted, the project is still in its infancy, but Converge and automakers say they would like to see a system of degree put into place around 2020. Are you ready for your cars to have a voice?