[LINK] digital convoy cars

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Wed Jan 28 02:37:22 AEDT 2009

> Maybe the start of digital-convoy-cars ..

MIS to test cars that talk to each other  By BRENT SNAVELY, Jan 26, 2009

The Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan International 
Speedway today announced a partnership to develop technologies that let 
cars and trucks talk to each other at the race track in Brooklyn, Mich.

The partnership will give automakers and after-market providers the 
ability to test and develop connected-vehicle systems in a closed, 
private and neutral environment, the transportation department said in a 

Connected-vehicle technologies allow cars to “talk” to one another to 
prevent collisions and improve mobility and fuel efficiency.

In November MDOT announced plans to deploy these technologies along 
Telegraph Road in Oakland County. But the technologies must be tested 
first on a closed track.

“MDOT’s partnership with MIS will position Michigan as a leader in the 
development of connected vehicle technology,” said State Transportation 
Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a statement.


> Oshkosh, Army in non-driver truck technology deal
> Associated Press, 01.26.09, 12:53 PM EST 
> http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/01/26/ap5964414.html
> A unit of Oshkosh Corp. said Monday it signed a research and 
> deal with the US Army for refining the technology that enables un-
> ground vehicles to operate in a convoy.
> The three-year collaboration between Oshkosh Defense and the U.S. 
> Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center will 
> focus on upgrading Oshkosh's unmanned TerraMax vehicle.
> The objective is to create a lead (unmanned) vehicle that can navigate 
> and operate in missions, while communicating route information to 
> unmanned follower vehicle," Oshkosh said in a news release.
> "The vehicles must be able to operate near-autonomous in a safe manner 
> among people, animals, vehicles and other obstacles at operational 
> and in tactical environments."
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