A new NZ$150 computer system has been developed that allows vehicles to talk to each other and greatly reduce the risk of an accident.
The system, known as ‘vehicle to everything (V2X)’, comes from the boffins at Autotalks, an Israeli company working on in-car computer systems. It works by broadcasting a car’s location, speed and direction up to ten times per second.
All other cars in the vicinity receive messages and can calculate the risk of colliding with the transmitting vehicle. This new system lets vehicles talk to each other and helps greatly reduces the risk of an accident.
Additionally, if there is a hazard like a cyclist or motorcyclist not slowing down for an intersection, a warning will show up on the car’s infotainment screen. If no action is taken, fully autonomous vehicles will actively work to prevent a crash.
Hyundai’s Tel Aviv-based future technologies development team, Cradle, has invested in Autotalks and its V2X system, following research that found that around 15 per cent of British motorists have had a near miss in the past month after becoming distracted at the wheel. A further 25 per cent of respondents had a near miss with a pedestrian who walked into a road without paying attention.
More than one in eight (13 per cent) said they have nearly been involved in a crash with a motorcyclist over the past month.
Yaniv Sulkes, VP Business Development and Marketing at Autotalks, said: “If you’re healthy, then the thing that is most likely to kill you is a car. If you’re a motorcyclist the chances are even higher.
“People don’t like the statistics but every day around 3,700 people lose their lives in crashes. This is an epidemic and we need to think of ways to address it.
“Ultimately we all want to get from point A to point B safely and if you get an alert ahead of a potential hazard you can avoid the accident. This is the underlying principle of what we do.
“Our eyes are brilliant, they are as good as any camera but we might take our eyes off the road or lose concentration and this is where chipsets can help.
“Communication tools don’t need line of sight – if they detect a hazard they can give you enough time to take the right course of action, in confidence.
“If you get an alert ahead of time, you can avoid the accident and that is the underlying principle of what we do.
“Where there is a dangerous situation, the car will alert you to take the correct action to avoid it. Eventually this will happen autonomously.”
It is anticipated the first wave of Autotalks chipsets will be fitted in cars from 2021.