The best source of information for cars on the road – is obviously the other cars on the road. If you’re buying a Volvo 90 series, it will soon be able to communicate with other S90, V90 and XC90 cars through a new cloud-based solution that will be available by the end of 2016, according to an article in Automotive News.
Volvo’s solution, which it co-developed with the telecom company Ericsson, enables their vehicles to exchange information with other cars equipped with V2V technology , providing the driver and the car advance warning about poor road conditions or obstacles further ahead. Its cloud-based system removes the need to have a direct link between the vehicles and allows Volvo to analyze the information and to look for the ideal way to communicate to other cars. This information can be used to improving traffic information and potentially help other drives avoid congestion or prevent accidents from occurring in the first place.
“The slippery-road alert is activated based on road-friction information from the car’s steering, braking and acceleration sensors. The other warning is activated when the hazard lights are used, giving connected motorists a pre-warning about oncoming problems or a vehicle that is stuck in a dangerous position,” said Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson in the article.
This is also the type of information that can help autonomous vehicle adoption. By giving a vehicle advance warning of the road conditions ahead of it, it may enable mitigating maneuver or require the driver re-enage to resume control of the automobile. However, it’s not essential to autonomous technology, but having another set of eyes on the road sharing information may make everyone feel more comfortable when they’re in control of the wheel.