30 Dec '14, 8pm

Europe’s Smart Highway Will Shepherd Cars From Rotterdam to Vienna

Europe’s Smart Highway Will Shepherd Cars From Rotterdam to Vienna

Cars Will Talk, Then Collaborate Vehicles will just share data at first. Later they will cooperate more actively Illustration: MCKIBILLO By 2020: Within a few years, the Cooperative ITS Corridor will expand to include other European countries. Instead of relying on signage, drivers will begin to get local information on things like speed limits and upcoming exits beamed directly into their cars. New cars will be capable of communicating both with other vehicles and the roadway infrastructure, and older ones may have to be retrofitted. The pattern will unfold around the world: According to a recent study by McKinsey & Company , global sales of car communications equipment will rise nearly fivefold by 2020, to €170 billion. Cars will query cars, and the road will query them all, gaining “probe data” with which central stations can control the flow of traffic. For instance, b...

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