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The Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. David Hecker/Associated Press. The Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. David Hecker/Associated Press.  

Driver warning system tells bad drivers that they could die

A team of Japanese engineers are working to build a system using graphic warning messages that would alert drivers of the type of collision that could happen should the driver not slow down.

The patent-pending system uses various sensors located in the car to measure the kinetic energy of the vehicle, the distance to the vehicle in front of it, and whether the next vehicle’s brake lights are lit. It also learns the driver’s driving habits to hone its calculations.

The effort — called a “safe driving promotion system” — is a joint project of several engineers at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology and heavy goods vehicle maker UD Trucks, both located in Japan.

“The inventors hope this kind of in-car advice will promote safety more forcefully than current warning systems, which merely display the distance to the vehicle in front,” NewScientist.com reported.

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