Connected cars ‘could improve driver and pedestrian safety’

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:14th February 2022

Interior of vehicle looking at other cars on road with graphics to indicate communication

Safety should always be a top priority for motorists, so the advent of new technology that could help to reduce the likelihood of accidents is always to be applauded.

Now, a new system is in development by Hyundai and its partners that could enable vehicles to communicate more closely with each other and alert the driver to potential hazards coming up on the road.

Communication is key to improved safety

The system works by transmitting a signal from a built-in microchip to all other connected vehicles nearby. It transmits the speed, direction and location of each vehicle up to ten times per second to give a more accurate depiction of travel conditions.

Should a connected vehicle be forced to make a sudden manoeuvre, all other drivers in the vicinity receive a dashboard warning, allowing them to take early action.

Changhan Lee, coordinator of Hyundai Motor Company‘s CRADLE office in Tel Aviv, said: “Safety is one of the most important factors that consumers consider when they are buying a car.

“There will always be human error, whether drivers are distracted, or pedestrians aren’t paying attention and the consequences can be devastating.”

However, Mr Lee added that the advent of connected vehicles could provide a considerable boost to safety and ensure safer roads for all in the years ahead.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Connected vehicles have the potential to give an early warning to motorists of any upcoming hazards. Preventing potential accidents, injuries and loss of life on the UK’s roads can only be good.”

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