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Honda Thinks Smartphones Can Save Pedestrians From Bad Drivers

from WIRED

Smartphones are too often a colossal distraction to motorists, but Honda sees a way of using them to protect pedestrians from inattentive drivers. The automaker hopes to tap into pedestrians' phones to alert passing drivers to their presence. The technology — dubbed Vehicle-to-Pedestrian — uses a smartphone's GPS and dedicated short range communications to warn drivers when a pedestrian steps out from behind a parked car or other obstruction. A light flashes on the dashboard to tell the driver of an approaching pedestrian, while the hapless walker gets an alert on their smartphone. more

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