Wifi Highway - could this work?
Stephen D. Williams
Sat, 04 Jan 2003 22:05:16 -0500
The falling asleep thing has pretty much been solved in a nice low-tech
way in most of the states I drive in, some subset of: VA, MD, WV, PA,
and OH. They just grind wide grooves perpendicular to the road just
past the border lines. When you stray into them, you get a sound and
vibration alert that you are heading off the road. Elegant and caught
on in about 2 years. Of course it's not foolproof but it helps.
I just suffered through a couple thousand miles of sleepy driving during
the holidays. It is definitely the most likely way for me to die
accidentally, even with my street skating in DC ( http://www.skatedc.org
) or my flying, hiking, etc. http://sdw.st .
On the other hand, I'm getting my private pilots license to avoid all
that driving. No chance of falling asleep flying...
Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>One of my college jobs was doing some
>consulting work for the Department of Transportation
>for an engineer that was doing collision and
>blind spot detection using bumper mounted radar.
>Neat stuff. All I had to do was drive my motorcycle
>around a car at a whole bunch of different speeds
>while he measured everything. Some of the other
>holy grail projects they had were:
> o hundreds of people die in car crashes each year
> from falling asleep in their vehicle along long
> stretches of highway. They wanted some type of
> reactive electronics or paint that could send a
> warning signal to the car that it was going to crash.
> o hundreds of hours are wasted every year with shipping
> because many packages, large or small, containers or
> single, sit around waiting to be sorted. Like the
> last mile networking problem, there's a last mile
> delivery problem. They wanted to be able to walk
> into a room or container, select a destinaiton and
> have all the packages tell them where they are going,
> and even further, visibly alert the person where they
> were including being buried under a few other boxes--which
> is typically how packages get mis-shipped.
>Jeff could probably get a pretty good sized DoT grant.
>Justin Mason wrote:
>>Gregory Alan Bolcer said:
>>>Second, I wouldn't wait for Wifi to hit the
>>>highways. W-CDMA will be here long before
>>>and far more ubiquitous.
>>Talking of "Wifi Highway", that reminds me of an idea a friend had:
>>networking over conductive paint on the road surface.
>>If this paint was inobtrusive enough, you might even get a reasonably
>>"good enough" network by spraying from a moving vehicle.... now *that's*
>>guerrilla networking! or graffiti networking?
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