The Race for Smart Cars

by John Prendergast, Associate Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 11, Pg. 47-50

Document Type: Feature article


Prendergast describes the technological elements involved in Intelligent Vehicle/Highway Systems (IVHS), current programs in Europe, Japan and the U.S. aimed at implementing IVHS systems, and the future prospects for development of the technologies in the U.S. Although an early leader in experimental work in this field, currently the U.S. is lagging behind its overseas counterparts in work to develop and implement such systems, which hold promise to alleviate the growing problem of road congestion surrounding urban areas as well as to improve highway safety and reduce vehicular air pollution. The article concentrates mainly on applications of this technology as it relates to passenger cars. Other applications of IVHS include heavy and commercial vehicles and longer term work aimed at partial or total automated control of highways.

Subject Headings: Intelligent transportation systems | Automobiles | Traffic safety | Air pollution | Traffic congestion | Urban development | Highways and roads | Passengers | Europe | Japan | Asia

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