Two years of testing with nearly 3,000 vehicles in Ann Arbor, Mich., showed that enabling vehicles to communicate directly with each other can reduce traffic accidents.
Now the Univ. of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute is helping deploy more such vehicles to move the technology beyond the feasibility stage. UMTRI aims to expand the Ann Arbor fleet to 9,000 vehicles over the next few years, says Director Peter Sweatman.
The institute also is working with the Michigan Dept. of Transportation and major carmakers to put 20,000 connected cars on the road across southeast Michigan.