"Smart" Connected Cars
As cars become connected, they will exchange more information with their environment and each other.
As cars become connected, they will exchange more information with their environment and each other. But the capacity of their data "pipes" will be limited. So they will need smart technologies that can deliver information to drivers when they actually need it, says Andreas Mai, director of Smart Connected Vehicles at Cisco Systems Inc.
Mai envisions a system that manages connectivity by cellular networks, local wi-fi, dedicated vehicle-to-vehicle networks and satellites. He says smart technology will match connections with the importance of the data itself.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.
In-car video shows that the backup pilot of an Uber Technologies self-driving car was not watching the road just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last Sunday night.
According to Frank Jourdan, president, Chassis & Safety Div., Continental Contitech AG (continental-corporation.com), the high-resolution 3D flash LIDAR (HFL) technology that the company is developing for deployment in automated driving systems in the 2020+ timeframe provides an array of benefits.