Mobileye claims 'An End to Motor Vehicle Collisions'
Before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way right up front – nothing is ever going to stop cars from running into things. Until drivers are taken out of the equation completely, accidents will always happen. Nonetheless, Dutch tech company Mobileye has declared that with the release of its new C2-270 collision warning system, “an end to motor vehicle collisions [is] now in sight.” This system warns drivers of dangerously-close cars, alerts them when drifting out of their lane and includes a Pedestrian Collision Warning component.
The Mobileye C2-270 system consists of a windshield-mounted 640 x 480 CMOS camera, connected to a dash-mounted display unit. The camera monitors the road in front of the vehicle when the car is in motion, and detects imminent forward collisions via its EyeQ2 algorithmic system-on-a-chip (EyeQ2 has been in use in vehicles from BMW, GM, Volvo and Nissan since 2007). The driver is alerted through flashing color-coded icons and an audible alarm, and has up to 2.7 seconds in which to respond – the system itself doesn’t apply the brakes, or steer the car out of harm’s way.
Unlike its C2-170 predecessor, the 270 will apparently give drivers a heads-up when they’re on a collision course with a pedestrian, a cyclist or a motorcyclist. Like the 170, it also warns drivers of unintended lane departures, and of insufficient distance-keeping. Optional extras include a black box event recording system, vehicle tracking via integrated GPS, and a fleet management application.
With technology like this, of course, there’s always the worry that users will pay less attention because they assume the machine can now do it for them. It’s not unlike a recent study which suggests that ultra-efficient LED bulbs won’t actually save much in the way of electricity, due to the fact that people using them will be less concerned about their personal energy usage. It definitely bears consideration, although we hope such systems will result in less accidents overall, because that’s always a good thing.
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Eventually the government would try to make the black box mandatory in the name of safety, we are giving up too many of our rights to the government and machines. Those that like the nanny society should move to England/France/Russia
Well stated! No Hack is going to prevent all the damage, injury, expense, wasted time, traffic, stress and death from cars!
I think it\'s only a matter of time before we come to the realization that driving cars is the most inefficient thing we do as a civilization! But the car and oil companies got such a choke hold on us that they\'ll snuf that thought before it gets even near the mainstream media.
If we were truly free, we would invest in our future and build public transportation in the form of Personal Rapid Transit (PRTs) because when you overcome the initial cost of implementation, which is only a fraction of what our highways are eating up in just maintenance alone, IT JUST MAKES SENSE.
Take a look at this blog which explains all the potential advantages of a PRT system, or look online at this youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5W3OSZu9oA&feature=player_embedded
Good luck, I hope the world figures it out soon before it\'s too late.