Friday, February 10, 2006

Motorized Carriages All in a Row: Now What Do We Call That?

In the lastest issue of Motor Trend, Frank Markus reports that Ford is developing a technology called Vehicle-to-Vehicle, or V2V, which will enable cars of the future to talk to one another in the same way that planes do, using transponders to broadcast their respective locations. This will ensure greater safety on the road and notify drivers of upcoming traffic jams.

In fact, explains Markus, it could render traffic jams a thing of the past by making possible the "platooning" of groups of vehicles on the freeway, so that roads never get clogged.

Just imagine: Rows of cars all travelling at the same speed, with no bottlenecks, just a smooth flow of carriages all arriving at their destinations safely.

Didn't we used to call that a train?

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