Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Right Reorge

Would you cede control of your car or big truck if the government virtually guaranteed (I know, an oxymoron) safety, and possibly lower insurance costs?

Your vehicle would stop on a dime, talk to other cars and trucks and wheel around under layers of “crash-avoidance” systems. Maybe you’d decide to put your car on autopilot and let the state’s automatic highway systems guide your vehicle while you peruse news stories and take a cup of mud.

Sounds very Jetsons, doesn’t it? The truth is, we’re much closer to this world than most people know.

This week, journalists from around the world are attending the 15th Annual World Congress on ITS – or intelligent transportation systems. Automatic highways, cars that can change lanes, and other systems are being shown on several blocks of New York City streets blocked off for the demonstrations.

Land Line Magazine has been following intelligent vehicle systems for years, most recently with a feature story we published in March.

Inventors have demonstrated automated trucks with the ability to park in a crowded parking lot, merge onto highways and communicate with other trucks and with government-managed highway systems.

Makes the Jetsons feel very Fred Flintstone.