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Bumble Bee, Herbie & K.I.T.T. Cruise into a Bar

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:03am
Meaghan Ziemba, Editor

I learn a lot being the editor of Wireless Design and Development (WDD). I have the benefit to see, first-hand, a variety of innovative concepts that seem only plausible in the movies. But with each technological advancement, ideas such as flying cars, hover boards, and auto-lace shoes seem to be getting closer to becoming a reality.

One concept in particular, connected cars, is receiving a lot of attention from design engineers and OEMs due to the safety possibilities and travel efficiencies Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) presents. This technology gives cars the ability to exchange data and interact with one another and their surrounding environments to help reduce accidents and crash-related fatalities.

Current vehicle designs already incorporate wireless technologies (i.e. GPS location systems, satellite radio, various monitoring sensors, and voice-activated controls), and they are getting closer to complete autonomous travel. Several companies and universities have taken the initiative to produce facial recognition technologies, V2V communication integration frameworks, and safety systems that enable the vehicle to have an enhanced 360° view of its surroundings.

I haven’t quite decided if I’m a supporter of autonomous driving. Not having control over my car is a scary thought (some may disagree). Putting trust into a machine with advanced technology is an even scarier one – we’re all too familiar with what happens in A Space Odyssey.

Driving on a highway at 70+ mph without your hands on the wheels is like riding a rollercoaster – you’re having complete faith that the design is 100 percent fail-proof. But, there is always the possibility that something can go terribly wrong, and it sometimes does.

I admit that I won’t be the first person in line to try a driverless car, but I do appreciate the groundbreaking technology and the safety potential. Even though we may never see Bumble Bee Camaros, Herbie Bugs, and K.I.T.T. TransAms, it will be interesting to see what OEMs will come up with in the next 5 to 10 years, which makes me wonder: What would happen if Bumble Bee, Herbie, and K.I.T.T cruised into a bar?

Whose your favortie talking car? What technologies are important to incorporate into connected cars for them to be successful? Comment below or send your input to meaghan.ziemba@advantagemedia.com.

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