Monday, November 03, 2008

Intelligent roads

A great article on intelligent vehicles and the future for transportation...
“There are tremendous possibilities,” said Dr. Stewart C. Wang, a trauma surgeon and the director of a University of Michigan program for injury research and education. His group, working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is trying to correlate data from car “black boxes,” gathered hours or days after a crash, with the severity of injuries. The boxes record speed, severity of impact and use of brakes, seat belts and turn signals. If the data were transmitted at the time of the crash, even before the emergency responders appeared, a hospital might be able to determine whether to put a helicopter ambulance on standby, or even send it on its way; police officers arriving at the scene would know whether to search for a passenger who had been ejected during the crash.

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