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Lane Departure Warning

2011-01-07 21:27:45.492446+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Holy shit, I live in the future again: I'm learning about transportation technologies. Among those things are "lane departure warning" systems, which have been deployed on commercial trucks for a decade now. They're also in higher end cars right now. I'm not sure where you can buy one, but now (or very very shortly) there's also the Mobileye C2-270 which not only warns you when you drift out of the lane, but also warns for bicyclists, pedestrians and other potential hazards.

And just sits on your dashboard.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-11 18:01:52.994846+00 by: m

I can't tell if I am getting cranky with age, or have yet to outgrow adolescent rebelliousness. But I become aggravated at inanimate objects telling me what to do, especially when I know better than they do. I am not sure that I can take much more than current crop of whiners, instructors, backseat drivers and momists that infest my car.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-10 18:50:17.440925+00 by: petronius

I was fascinated to learn from my brother, who works for Cobra Electronics, about smart GPS for over-the-road trucks. You dial in your destination, the length and height of your load, and what you are carrying, using DOT code numbers. It routes you under bridges and viaducts high enough to clear your load, around corners wide enough for your length, and if you are carrying a hazardous load, will avoid tunnels or bridges that prohibit flammables, etc. Now, if it could also alert the driver to the diners with the best cherry pie...

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-08 03:55:52.124897+00 by: spc476

So with the Mobileye looking out for me, does that mean I can check my email on my iPhone while driving?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-07 23:03:01.12349+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yep, and other LDW systems. If this gig turns into real money then I'm thinking an AWS4000W is a legitimate deduction.

What I really can't believe is that insurance companies aren't yet offering discounts for devices like these with GPS trackers to audit usage.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-07 22:29:26.200574+00 by: ebradway

Al & Ed's in SoCal has the C2-270 for $800 as well as some other MobilEye systems.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-07 22:19:01.033309+00 by: ebradway

I'm betting the price is due to IP (patent licenses). I wonder how many lives would be saved if those things were $84 instead?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-07 21:43:11.471665+00 by: Dan Lyke

The previous version, the C2-170, which just does lane change detection (no pedestrians etc), seems like it's got a street price of about $840. Wonder if my insurance company might want to subsidize that?