In the very near future, cars and highways will seemingly talk to each other to help drivers avoid hazardous road obstacles and avert potential traffic jams.
This is the roadmap for a future highway, dubbed "Smart Highway."
This has been projected and frantically researched by Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, or ETRI.
Dr. Oh and his team have recently come up with a technology that would enable moving vehicles to be temporarily linked together in communication networks and allow the exchange of data such as speed, acceleration, braking, obstacles, and various other types of information.
[Interview : Oh Hyun-seo
ETRI ] "This is a type of technology that puts things into groups, to link vehicles directly to transfer wireless messages rather than through a telecommunication infrastructure."
Most wireless network systems, including Wi-Fi and the toll collection system called "Hi-Pass," require its base stations to allow data sharing for drivers.
[Interview : Lim Dong-sun
ETRI] "We can implement this technology into other areas such as trains or any other types of transportation units in general. Also, as an extension of this, it can be used in linking network communications between ships."
ETRI's new technology, on the other hand, is free from a data infrastructure and also adaptable in other types of transportation systems.
Experts predict that this new technology will be in use by the year 2013, which will allow drivers here in Korea to enjoy safer road conditions and faster road access in the new "Smart Highway" era.
Yang Ji-woo, Arirang News.