highway officials are testing “intelligent intersection” technology
they think will prevent thousands of traffic accidents every year
by, among other things, warning drivers they're about to run a
red light or hit a truck.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said, "President
Bush and I have made reducing highway fatalities the No. 1 priority
for the Department of Transportation. Intelligent vehicle technologies
save lives by preventing crashes and are key to meeting our goal
of reducing highway fatalities.”
test intersection, the first of its kind in the United States,
is located at the Federal Highway Administration's Highway Research
Center in McLean, VA, and will be used to develop and evaluate
vehicle-based and vehicle roadway systems.
in testing and expected to appear soon in passenger cars include
rear-end collision-avoidance systems and roadway-departure warning
systems. The program already has produced products such as automated
collision notification, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure
warning systems, as well as rear-end collision-warning systems
Benz already sells passenger cars with rear-end collision avoidance
systems, which take partial control of the vehicle to maintain
a safe distance using radar, sensors and a global positioning
system map. Commercial trucks have the systems, known as “adaptive
cruise control,” and General Motors is expected to sell the systems
on some of next year's luxury models.