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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Evolved - Autonomous, Anonymous Automobile

The core functionality of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in US cars - seems to remain the same after several years. The next versions of GPS would have the capability of “learning” so that the route traveled everyday can become the default way to get between two locations, even if the GPS determined by default a more efficient method of getting there, writes Jeff Pulver.With EvDO service becoming available in the US, the next level of expectation is "internet ready"GPS for the automobile. Pulver is looking for a new GPS that connects to the internet on a real-time basis and reports back to a community the observed real-time road conditions anonymously. The basic concept is that with report fed back in about relative speed on a given road, the driver gets the ability to observe the posted speeds of others who are also using a similar service. The goal isn’t so much to create a map of speed traps on a major road, but rather to provide the real-time input needed into a GPS so that routes can be optimized at all times given the real-time road traveling conditions. Also, with real-time internet access, the GPS could get up-to-date information when looking for destinations, up-to-date maps in some cases and connect with many of the websites which track and report on real-time traffic conditions. This in turn is envision as the evolving “autonomous, anonymous, automobile.” Roadcasting along with real-time IP based communications network could change the landscape of automobiles and decisions on the road. The power of technology and its multiplier effect and the reach that technology has to influence our daily lives - Amazing if we reflect.

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