A groundbreaking research project by Ford Motor Company and Auburn University show that GPS satellites can communicate to cars, and possibly help them avoid serious accidents.
The researchers have found potential for a GPS satellite to warn an automobile that it’s about to lose control by communicating with the car’s stability control system and other safety features to prevent a serious accident.
Research findings will be presented next week at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 11-14.
“A satellite orbiting the earth could someday prevent an auto accident,” said Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford’s Chief Technical Officer and vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “We applaud the Auburn team for these advancements and look forward to working together on the next phase of this research, including developing prototype vehicles.”
Auburn University’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, directed by Dr. David Bevly, received a three-year, $120,000 grant from Ford in 2008 as part of company’s University Research Program.
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