U of W research could revolutionize the way we drive

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Windsor Star/Grace Macaluso

A group of University of Windsor researchers are programming sophisticated technology designed to drastically reduce roadway collisions — research that could revolutionize the way drivers navigate streets and highways, and position the university at the forefront in the development of autonomous vehicles.

Computer science professors Arunita Jaekel and Robert Kent, along with several graduate students, are working with Troy, Mich.-based Arada Systems, which has developed devices that enable vehicle-to-vehicle communication as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.

The device connects to a vehicle’s navigational system and collects data about acceleration, speed, steering angle, velocity and spatial location, said Jaekel. The researchers are writing and testing algorithms that turn this information into safety warnings and gives drivers the heads-up about such hazards as vehicles in blind spots, the location of oncoming emergency vehicles and nearby vehicles about to run a stop sign.

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