Enabling Devices for an Accelerated DSRC-Based Feature Rollout Strategy

This paper explores the factors that will be necessary for the implementation of Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) systems on a comprehensive basis. DSRC systems enable numerous types of active safety and driver assistance features between communicating vehicles. Transponder features can alert drivers to slow or stopped vehicle ahead, to the presence of emergency electronic brake lamps, intersection collision warnings, pedestrians or cyclists ahead on the roadway, approaching vehicles, forward collision warnings, side blind zone advisory warnings, and lane change assistance. However, to realize these benefits, a sizeable fleet penetration is required. Given a total U.S. vehicle population of 231 million, with approximately 15 million new vehicles introduced each year, it will be challenging to provide drivers with benefits during the early years of technology deployment. The author proposes add-on DSRC devices that add wireless communication capabilities to existing unequipped vehicles as one potential solution to this problem. Variants of these devices could also be carried by pedestrians, cyclists or disabled persons to enhance their visibility to vehicles. The author describes a variety of portable prototype devices developed by General Motors that demonstrate DSRC-enabled features to users.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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  • Accession Number: 01141990
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2009 7:08AM