The University of Michigan's Safe Driving Sensor Feature Can Save Lives

By: Jana Pijak - Feb 11, 2015
References: nyti.ms & nytimes
The University of Michigan and the US Department of Transportation have teamed up to make driving sensor technology a requirement for most cars. The university aims to change the future of safe driving with the help of road-side sensors and in-car equipment that keeps drivers attentive and protected from the risk of accidents.

In the case of harsh weather conditions like ice, a sensor would be embedded in pavement, warning drivers of the risk and signalling them to slow down. This driving sensor technology would also inform drivers of speed warnings, letting them know if they were moving too fast for the curb.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that vehicle-to-vehicle transmitters will add about $350 to the total cost of a vehicle by 2020". According to traffic stats, over 5 million road accidents occur in the US each year, making this technology a small price to pay for safety.