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Connected cars expected to arrive on European roads in 2015

The EC has confirmed that guidelines for connected cars, which will alert drivers to traffic jams and accidents, have been adopted and issued.

Intelligent vehicles would help reduce congestion by alerting drivers to traffic jams and accidents.
Intelligent vehicles would help reduce congestion by alerting drivers to traffic jams and accidents.
Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

CARS THAT WILL alert you to traffic jams or possible collisions are expected to appear on European roads in 2015.

The European Commission (EC) made the prediction after confirming the first set of guidelines for intelligent cars have been adopted and issued.

The “Release-1 specifications” will enable vehicles to communicate with each other and with any road infrastructure systems. Both vehicles and road infrastructure will use wireless communication technology to link vehicles and infrastructure and identify potential risks in real-time.

When the standards have been adopted by vehicle manufacturers, it’s hoped that they will help reduce road accidents.

This will be done by providing warning messages about potential collisions as well as advanced warnings of roadworks, traffic jams, and other potential risks that might occur on the road.

The standards, which will be applicable to all vehicle manufacturers, were created by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN)

Both the ETSI and CEN are working on the next set of guidelines that will refine the existing set of standards and deal with more complex issue cases.

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