Ann Arbor emerging as global leader in connected vehicle technology

Apr 24, 2014

Connected cars can talk wirelessly with each other and with other parts of the traffic system to adjust to road conditions and avoid accidents.
Credit Flickr - Sherman Mui

If you were a fan of the 1980’s TV show “Knight Rider,” you’ll remember actor David Hasselhoff riding around in a modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that could talk, fly and even scan other vehicles. It was cutting edge TV sci-fi at the time, but so-called “smart cars” are not that far away (minus the flying, of course).

The city of Ann Arbor is emerging as a global leader in connected vehicle technology. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute has just wrapped up an international symposium on CV technology.  Joining Current State to talk about this budding field is the institute’s director, Dr. Peter Sweatman.