Vehicle pilot program adds wireless communication technology

June 6, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI – Approximately 3,000 cars, trucks and buses in Michigan will be equipped with wireless communication technology as part of a pilot project conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Department of Transportation in an effort to help prevent motor vehicle crashes.

The technology enables vehicles to transmit and receive data including vehicle position and speed, and alert drivers to potential crash situations – such as a nearby vehicle unexpectedly braking, a sudden lane change or merging traffic, according to a UMTRI press release.

Similar devices will be located at intersections, curve locations and freeway sites throughout the testing area.