The demo consisted of a dashboard containing an Atom processor and wireless radios to communicate with devices, such as MP3 players, cell phones, or laptops, which might come into the car with passengers. In addition to talking to objects within the car, the built-in PC can talk to objects outside the vehicle, including other cars and even traffic signals, thanks to a clever approach developed by the researchers. Nguyen explains that it would be relatively inexpensive to add photodetectors to the headlights of cars so that they could “see” the brake lights of cars in front of them as well as LED-based traffic signals.
In Thursday’s demonstration, Nguyen showed that when a traffic light or brake light fitted with a modulator–a device that flickers light to send a signal–sends a message, a photodetector in a car’s headlight can pick up the signal and act accordingly.
So what does that mean? If you’re quickly approaching an intersection where the light is red, or approaching a car with its brake lights on, a voice from the dashboard would warn you to slow down. And if you don’t stop, says Nguyen, the car itself might automatically apply the brakes. He adds that other Intel research projects are investigating how to implement these sorts of technologies while considering human behavior. Not everyone will have the same level of tolerance for an automated (and omnipotent) backseat driver, he says.
Embracing CX in the metaverse
More than just meeting customers where they are, the metaverse offers opportunities to transform customer experience.
Identity protection is key to metaverse innovation
As immersive experiences in the metaverse become more sophisticated, so does the threat landscape.
The modern enterprise imaging and data value chain
For both patients and providers, intelligent, interoperable, and open workflow solutions will make all the difference.
Scientists have created synthetic mouse embryos with developed brains
The stem-cell-derived embryos could shed new light on the earliest stages of human pregnancy.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.