Good news KITT: Other cars are learning to talk too
The new software lets cars talk to each other and share information about what’s coming up. According to Popular Mechanics, this info lets cars precisely regulate a hybrid’s fuel consumption to increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent.
- New software lets cars talk to each other and share information about upcoming road and traffic conditions.
- This info lets hybrid vehicles regulate fuel consumption and increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent.
- David Hasselhoff is a bad friend.
It’s been a lonely few decades for KITT. Not only does the poor ‘80s Trans Am have no other cars to talk to, word has it David Hasselhoff never calls and even forgot poor KITT on his Christmas card list.
But things are looking up for the Knight Industries Two Thousand.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, are working on software that lets cars talk to each other.
Although I’m sure they were mostly motivated by images of a sad, lonely KITT, they also developed the software to make hybrid vehicles more fuel efficient.
Hybrids are the mullets of the electric vehicle: Electric engine in the front, standard fuel tank as a backup. They also have a gas-powered generator to give the cars the best of all worlds.
Hybrids usually use up all the battery first and then switch to the fuel engine as a last resort. But if you knew all the factors of your trip, like traffic and road conditions, it would be more fuel efficient to use a combination of the electric and fuel engines.
The trouble is, it’s nearly impossible to know what’s coming up on the road to budget just enough electricity and gas to make it to your destination.
The new software lets cars talk to each other and share information about what’s coming up. According to Popular Mechanics, this info lets cars precisely regulate a hybrid’s fuel consumption to increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent. As more cars talk to each other and share more information, that number could go up even more, making drivers — and KITT — even happier.
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