Southtowne GMC: Technology That Could Help Avert 81 Percent of Crashes

Keep your eyes and ears open for future GM technology in Atlanta cars, Newnan. At the recent Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Orlando, GM showcased their development of a new technology that could help avert 81 percent of all U.S. car crashes according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Our current safety systems are designed to minimize the damage to our vehicles and passengers after an accident, but GM’s technology will actually help prevent the accident from happening at all.

The Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology System will be able to communicate with other vehicles, surrounding infrastructure and pedestrians to warn drivers about potholes, construction zones and cyclists. Researchers at GM are putting the technology into small mobile devices and smartphone applications connected to vehicle’s display. There will also be an app for pedestrians and cyclists to download that will alert drivers of their position.

I’m sure you’re wondering how exactly this would work, and the answer is simple. The technology uses basic location information to warn drivers about slowed or stalled vehicles, hard-braking drivers, slippery roads, sharp curves and upcoming stop signs and intersections.

“These safety systems could provide a significant leap in automotive safety, but their effectiveness goes up dramatically as more people use them,” said Don Grimm, senior researcher for GM’s Perception and Vehicle Control Systems group. “By putting the technology into portable devices, we could make this potentially life-saving technology widely available and more affordable.”

This new technology is yet another reason why the Southtowne General Motors Superstore is a proud representative of the GM brand. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on GM’s progress.

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