Volkswagen’s talking cars

Volkswagen pWLAN

Before the decade is out, cars will be able to talk to each other while out and about. Not like in Pixar’s Cars, but using a new technology known as pWLAN, developed by Volkswagen. Due to be fitted to the first models in 2019, pWLAN will allow for the exchange of information between cars and transport infrastructure (like traffic lights) within a 500m range, such as current traffic and accidents.

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Follow that ghost

jlr_urbanwindscreen_followmeghostcar-and-transparent-pillars_01_LowResWe love companies that take video game concepts and introduce them to the real world. Like Jaguar, for example – a few months back they announced they were developing a virtual windscreen.

The eggheads at Jaguar are at it again; this time it’s a ‘follow me ghost car’, a virtual projection of a car which basically shows you where to go. One of the first things we thought of when we saw it is the AI opponents in the likes of the Gran Turismo videogames. Though increased safety is the idea behind the new technology, you just know someone’s going to try to fiddle with the mechanics, and turn the ghost guide into a racing opponent.

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