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A view of how an advanced driver assistance system can work.

New programming developed by a group at the University of Minnesota Duluth can provide drivers with instant information on traffic troubles down the road.

Credit: Bosch

University of Minnesota Duluth professor Imran Hayee and his graduate students have been working for five years on creating technology that will better inform drivers as they travel in congested areas. The researchers have developed programming that will give drivers instant information on what is ahead of them.

The system takes real-time information from what is happening to cars on the road and relays that information from car to car behind the congestion area, increasing the range and re-routing drivers.

Hayee says the technology is on the forefront in the push for more information for drivers, and it could be integrated into new vehicle dashboard systems in four to five years.

In order for the car-hopping technology to work, 25 to 30 percent of vehicles would have to have the technology on board, the researchers note.

Last month, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration develop standards for "connected-vehicle" technology. Federal experts say connected-vehicle technology could help prevent 80 percent of all unimpaired accidents in the U.S., and could be the biggest safety leap since the advent of seat belts and air bags.

From Duluth News Tribune (MN)
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