Connected Cars to Share DataCategory: Science & Technology
Posted: July 10, 2012 06:25AM
More and more places in the world are becoming connected thanks to wireless networks. Even cars are being built with Wi-Fi transmitters and at least Ford expects that 80% of their vehicles will feature Wi-Fi. Well, Wi-Fi is cheap but data is not always so inexpensive, so researchers at MIT, Georgetown University and the National University of Singapore have developed an algorithm that will enable Wi-Fi connected cars to share data with each other, and save money for the drivers.
The premise is fairly simple, that even though the movements of these mobile networks cannot be predicted, the cars will likely pass by each other, and at that time, data can be shared between them. In any pair of two connected cars, one will collect the information of the other, and later it will transmit all of the information to the Internet.
What the new algorithm does is show this premise can work by having certain cars aggregate information from others. Not only can this system of sharing information work, but it will actually reduce the amount of redundant information being sent, which will then save on how much it costs to send information to the Internet.