Smartphones May Help Pedestrians Dodge Cars
Honda, others working on warning technology
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2013 4:43 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Automakers are working on technology that could cut down on the number of pedestrians hit by distracted drivers—or on the number of distracted pedestrians who walk in front of cars. It's a warning system that uses GPS systems on smartphones and something called dedicated short range communications, reports Wired. The upshot is that when a pedestrian is in danger of crossing a car's path, the walker gets a smartphone alert and the driver gets a dashboard alert. Honda is among the companies working on it with the University of Michigan—along with one for motorcycles—though real-world use is still probably years away.

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iq145
Sep 4, 2013 10:04 PM CDT
Smartphones May Help Pedestrians Dodge Cars? NOPE! People are far too engrossed with using their phone these days... They'll completely ignore ALL ELSE and likely get HIT by a car!
dopenstein
Sep 4, 2013 2:32 PM CDT
Hopefully it works correctly on first try. Does it work by case of proximity or does it detect movement from both parties because I would hate too constantly get text'd while walking along a cross walk.
$28919642
Sep 4, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
this will work great --until people start to depend on them for safety. Or when an older model car, without transmitters, kills them. Or a car, damaged in an accident, no longer has a functioning transmitter, comes along, & makes somebody flatter than they were at breakfast....