DaimlerChrysler announced that its field trial of WILLWARN, a research project by the PReVENT initiative aimed at reducing road accidents in Europe, has been a success.
The project involves installing WLAN routers in cars to allow drivers to share information on temperature, road conditions, fog, or road obstructions within a 500 meter radius. Car2Car Communication Consortium developed the system, which would use 5.9GHz band to enable the ad-hoc mesh network.
Engineers hope to expand the features of the technology in the future. They see a possible integration with GPS and mapping systems to help cars find other routes so they can elude gridlocks.