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Giving New Meaning to 'smart Car'

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McMaster University computer and software engineers are studying how one IBM multicore processor can be used to connect a vehicle's automotive systems. Vehicles currently have multiple microprocessors that work in isolation, but integrating data from sensors and microprocessors has the potential to give cars the "cognitive" ability to avoid traffic accidents, find new routes when roads are congested, and predict when they will fail.

"Investigating how a powerful multicore processor could be applied to manage that functionality will go a long way in helping build a smarter car that helps drivers operate their vehicles more safely and efficiently," says McMaster professor Alan Wassyng.

The researchers also will study how an increase in computing power would help vehicles connect with regional and global transportation systems.

From McMaster University (Canada)
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