Car maker General Motors says it is working on a smart phone application that will let cyclists and pedestrians automatically warn a driver once they get close.
According to GM, the Wireless Pedestrian Detection Technology is based on Wi-Fi Direct, a computer networking standard that allows smartphones to swap information without needing a wireless hotspot to connect them.
Yes, it clearly requires the driver to either be operating his own smartphone (illegal while driving) or paying rather too much attention to other onboard display equipment:
The car maker’s researchers say the system can integrate with “other sensor-based object detection and driver alert systems already available on production vehicles” to alert drivers within a second when they approach a cyclist or pedestrian with a smartphone loaded with the wireless technology.
What’s wrong with the good old Mk I Eyeball?
Surely making drivers reliant on their various electronic devices to the exclusion of actually looking ahead and judging hazards is a bad thing?
A poor use of technology, not a good one?
I expect this is something Longrider will have a view on!
It is already working on a downloadable app for high-risk road users such as bike-based couriers and roadwork crews.
Great! We’ll train drivers to assume that everyone has a smartphone capable of broadcasting this information so they don’t need to drive with as much due care and attention!
What could possibly go wrong?