GM Developing WI-FI Pedestrian Detection Technology [VIDEO]

General Motors is developing a new driver assistance feature potentially capable of detecting pedestrians and bicyclists carrying smartphones equipped with Wi-Fi Direct.

Wi-Fi Direct, the peer-to-peer wireless standard allows devices like some smartphones to communicate directly with each other rather than through a shared access point like a cell phone tower.

According to GM, Wi-Fi Direct can be integrated with other sensor-based object detection and driver alert systems already available on production vehicles.

“This new wireless capability could warn drivers about pedestrians who might be stepping into the roadway from behind a parked vehicle, or bicyclists who are riding in the car’s blind spot,” said Nady Boules, GM Global R&D director of the Electrical and Control Systems Research Lab. “Wi-Fi Direct has the potential to become an integral part of the comprehensive driver assistance systems we offer on many of our Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles.”

Take a look at the video below explaining the technology.

PRESS RELEASE (click to expand)


2014 Geneva Motor Show - The Girls
Watch Pagani test driver take his son on a joyride
Audi TT offroad concept revealed
BMW i8 sounds surprisingly awesome, but breaks down during testing on the Nürburgring
2015 Lamborghini Aventador SV very likely to debut in the coming months
Nissan reportedly going after FWD Nürburgring lap record with the upcoming Pulsar Nismo
Saab 9-3 EV prototype finally revealed
VUHL 05 lightweight supercar is officially on sale in the UK
All-new Audi A5 Cabriolet is here
Pricing announced for the next-gen Honda Civic Type R
All-new fourth-generation BMW X5 revealed
Rewarding yourself: 6 smart tips for first-time car buyers
Tags: , , ,