IBM: technology will ease travel woes
Cars to get cat-like reflexes
IBM has predicted that travel by plane, train, or automobile is going to be a lot easier in the future.
Big Blue gazed into its crystal ball and made predictions about how technology will change the way people travel in the future. The IT giant has listed five changes that will improve the way we get from A to B.
First off, IBM predicts that cars will be able to sense other cars and avoid hazardous road conditions. Big Blue reckons cars in the near future will have driver-assist technologies that will make it possible for them to behave as if they have reflexes. The newly-agile vehicles will exchange information with each other and with the road infrastructure, taking corrective action where appropriate.
Life is also going to get easier for commuters as they'll be able to find out if their bus or train is delayed through their phone. Though not quite as cool a vision as a car with cat-like reflexes, this technology should see commuters able to receive information via text message to notify them of corrections to the timetable.
Big Blue's third prediction is back on the imaginative trail as IBM reckons drivers will soon be able to talk to their cars. The IT giant and Mystic Meg wannabe said increasingly sophisticated voice recognition systems will allow drivers to read and respond to emails, get directions, avoid accidents, play DVDs, or select music through conversational voice commands. IBM said voice recognition navigation and entertainment systems also will allow drivers to adjust cabin temperature or call home while keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Congestion will be a thing of the past in Big Blue's brave new world. IBM predicts intelligent traffic systems will make adjustments to traffic lights to ease congestion and clear paths for emergency vehicles. As a bonus, this will lead to fewer traffic jams resulting in cleaner air and safer roads.
Airports are the final frontier for commuter comfort and IBM's last prediction envisions the development of a system that foresees delays and re-routes passengers before they get stranded at an airport.
For all the joy these changes may bring one thing is missing, a prediction that technology will find a way to make train or airplane food edible.
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"The newly-agile vehicles will exchange information with each other and with the road infrastructure, taking corrective action where appropriate."
wont do much if you have a blowout,what'il it do move the tree/lamp post????
Still cant route baggage though ...
We can have all these wonderful tech solutions for air travel but when the simple act of getting a suitcase from one end of a flight to another has the reliabilty of the space shuttle one has to wonder why they dont work that out first!
Guild of idiots
Some people are getting paid to make such predictions ?
I'm still wondering how "breakthroughs" like beeing able to talk to my car will help me avoid the traffic jams (maybe by yelling "you stupid car, fly now!").
BTW here we already have intelligent traffic lights, with priority for emergency vehicles.
Urm, some of this isn't the future
My Ford S-MAX can already adjust cabin temperature, phone home, change radio stations/cd and a whole host of other things with spoken voice commands. Admittedly it's not 'conversational English' but even so.
Even the lowly Fiesta can be specced with such an option. Maybe IBM are used to less advanced, more bargain-basement, poorly-engineered cars from Detroit... ;o)
TranzRail, the rail provider in New Zealand has a service that auto-txts travelers for free if their train is going to be 15 minutes or more late. Not a bad service, pity I get so many texts from them...