IBM labs eye giving cars 'reflexes'

IBM researchers are exploring technology that would let vehicles exchange information with each other and highway infrastructure, take corrective action and provide feedback to drivers. IBM has announced a research initiative into equipping cars with technologies that can help reduce traffic congestion and prevent accidents. Much like automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, and cruise control, advanced driver assist technologies will relieve the driver from having to perform some manual operations in complex driving situations. An intelligent vehicle receiving information from its environment will be able to react to the rapidly changing situation on the road as if it had "reflexes."

Such electronic "reflexes" are faster than human actions and will allow vehicles to be closer to one another on the road, improving the flow without compromising safety. Humans, however, will remain better than machines at analyzing complex situations. "The idea is that the driver always stays in control, but gets additional information to help make judgment calls," says Dan Chevion, initiator of the exploratory research project at the IBM Haifa Research Lab. When a car takes corrective action the driver may get feedback, such as a change in accelerator pedal pressure or a force feedback from the steering wheel. The driver may also get audio and visual warnings.

News source: Physorg

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Reminds me of the time Honda (?) tested some "smart" car that would not crash, and forgot to turn the setting on during a press demo and ended up wrecking the car

It was a Mercedes and it was a prototype, the same mentioned in #1.2.

The car has radar sensors in the front and back and "sees" what's in front or back, diciding when to brake or reduce speed, and so on...

And in the test they really forgot to turn it on, wrecking the car, fun stuff!

DemonicHawk said,
soon cars are going to be driving themselfs...

They already are. There are a few cars that can already do this. One of them being a Mercedes-Benz. I remember watching it on Top Gear. It's pretty good, but I think it costs about £90,000.

MightyJordan said,

They already are. There are a few cars that can already do this. One of them being a Mercedes-Benz. I remember watching it on Top Gear. It's pretty good, but I think it costs about £90,000.


didn't that crash into another car when testing automatic braking? i think theres a way to go yet!

edit: perhaps that was the honda M2Ys4U mentions in comment #2...