“Stuck in traffic and sick of Howard Stern, you may soon be able to tune in to the music collection of the person in the car in front of you. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing an ad hoc networking system for cars that would allow any driver to broadcast music to any other vehicle within a 30-mile radius,” Daniel Terdiman reports for Wired News.
“Developed by a group of current and former master’s students at the Human Computer Interaction Institute, the Roadcasting project would allow drivers to stream their MP3 music collections by Wi-Fi or similar technology to any other vehicle within range that is equipped with compatible hardware and software,” Terdiman reports. “The system — still largely theoretical — will also feature a collaborative-filtering mechanism that compares music in a recipients’ collection to that of the broadcaster. The filter will pump out a mix of songs matching the listener’s tastes. ‘What’s really cool about this is that while you’re busy (driving), Roadcasting will just pick songs that you enjoy,’ said Mathilde Pignol, one of the Roadcasting developers, ‘and then it will let you influence the songs with your music taste without you having to do anything.'”
According to Terdiman, “Roadcasting” has been commissioned by a “major automaker” in search of applications to make use of mobile ad hoc networks to be included in production cars in the next few years.
More details about 802.11p technology, a Wi-Fi variant designed for vehicles, and other information in the full article here.