Feds Start Year-Long Smart Car Test In Ann Arbor

August 22, 2012

The federal government is launching a year-long safety test in Ann Arbor of cars that communicate with each other to avoid accidents. It’s the largest field test ever of so-called “smart car” technology -- using a Wi-Fi-like system for vehicles to talk to each other, to traffic lights, even stop signs. They can warn if an approaching car is going too fast on the other side of a curve, if a car ahead is braking suddenly or make traffic lights turn from red to green. WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter asked U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood if the futuristic technology is ready to be used on such a wide scale…