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If cars could talk, accident

Abstract: Cars seemed to be the leading caused of death  in the western world, so why  are car accidents happening?  This might be that we are constantly been distracted – answering smart devices, taking eyes of the road or other human errors. In this  reference TED Talks examined  existing and future technology, and the ways its could help us (human) improve as well as discussing ethical considerations such as privacy.

In the future cars will be able to exchange data with each other, seeing other cars or having a 360 degree bird eye view. We would be able to see how fast a particular car is travelling – velocity.

If cars could talk, accident may be avoidable

With the aid of car computation, algorithm and predictive models. “We will be able to see the future. You may think that is impossible. How could you predict the future, with cars, they are three dimensional object, that it, its has fixed position and velocity.” The explanation given was that existing cars often travel down the road and often travel along published roads, and is not often is really hard to make reasonable prediction on where the car is going to be in the near future. How do we get there? We can start by sharing our GPS position in cars and  with computer vision we can estimate where the car around you and speed.

What would happened if two cars started sharing data ? Its would be possible to see the car ahead of you.

Computer Vision, Professor Bob Lion:  “Driver state modelling, attached short radio communication, Robot tracking each other positions.some problems were identify  such as too much chatter hence you have to protect the package. How best to alert the drivers, this depends on two things, the ability of the car and the ability of the driver. If one guy have a f=great car but not paying attention, they are not in the best position to react to emergency. They then start the second stage of the research call Drive State Modelling: now using a series of three cars, they  can now detect whether the drive is looking forward, sideway or paying attention, and from the research result they can predict the accident, who or what is the best car to move out of the way – to calculate the safest way out for everyone.

Fundamentally this technology exist for today and the biggest problem is out own wiliness to share data, fearing about cars that will be watching us (privacy) and talking to each other cars (big data).

“I believe it can be done in a way that protect our privacy. Just like right now if I look at your car from outside,  I read do not know much about you. If  I look at your license plate number, I real do not know about you. I believe our cars can talk about us behind our back. I think is going to be a great thing. I want you to consider for a moment, if you real do not want a distracted teenage behind you to know you are breaking, that you are coming to a death stop. By sharing our data willing, we could do what is best for everyone. So let your cars ghost about you, is going to make the road a lot safer.” — Jennifer Healey

Source: Healey Jennifer, TED Talks Technology (2013)If cars could talk, accident may be avoidable. TED Channel [Youtube], Available:, (Accessed: 15 October 2013)