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Dashboard consoles that warn of accident-prone intersections and suggest alternate routes. Cars that could wirelessly order and pay for a cup of coffee as you approach a drive through cafe. Vehicles that trade pollution credits so high-polluters cost more.

Those are some of the winners chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) for their Connected Vehicle Challenge The DOT called on academics, scientists, transit geeks and tinkerers of all types to apply Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology to transportation. It is like Wi-Fi but more secure and works with moving objects even at highway speeds.

For more on the competition see our original post from January. At the time the DOT cited research that explains why the DOT is confident that DSRC has the potential to dramatically increase safety, particularly in avoiding accidents of non-intoxicated drivers.

Read the entire article at the: Transportation Nation

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