Ride News Now: May 22, 2019

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In this episode of Ride News Now with Alison Haislip, GM ups its digital security tech, a rideshare company wants to make sure you get in the right car, and stop signs of the future will be smart enough to prevent accidents.

  • Let’s start with General Motors, which is taking its electrical architecture and pushing it into the new future. The GM Digital Vehicle Platform will underpin the new tech coming down the road. It’s five times more powerful than any system currently employed in a GM car or truck, and the first vehicle to get the new system will be the 2020 Cadillac CT5.
  • Next up is Carmel Car Service, which is a rideshare service that is looking out for the safety of its passengers. How? By making sure customers are getting into the correct vehicle. Press a button on your app, and the driver will show you his phone. Your name will be shown on the screen in big, bold letters. You know this is your car, so now you can hop in and turn your attention back to your social media accounts.
  • Finally, a team of college engineers in Texas have decided to focus their efforts on updating the Stop sign. Roadway fatalities are a major issue in rural areas. To help reduce accidents, the students have developed a smart Stop sign that detects approaching vehicles. It can then flash warning lights to alert a potentially inattentive driver. Cars can’t drive themselves yet, so making our existing traffic infrastructure a bit smarter is a great idea.

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