The days where every car and driver are out for themselves may be numbered. The road is being laid for cameras, sensors, and car-to-car communication systems to improve traffic safety, and Metro Detroit is the hub of these new technologies.
"Southeast Michigan will lead the nation in drastically improving traffic safety and flow because of an expanded public-corporate project.
The Michigan Department of Transportation, General Motors, Ford and the University of Michigan will install a network of cameras and sensors along 120 miles of metro Detroit freeways that will propel development of safety technologies that help cars communicate with each other.
The MDOT announcement over the weekend coincided with the 2014 Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit, where about 10,000 auto and technology industry leaders are gathering to discuss autonomous vehicles.
The collaborative venture expands a 2-year-old project already under way in Ann Arbor. It also should establish southeast Michigan as the hub of autonomous vehicle know-how.
When completed, it will be the largest deployment of its kind in the U.S., GM CEO Mary Barra said."