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GM Developing Pedestrian Detection Technology

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The automaker is currently developing a system capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists on busy streets or when visibility is reduced.

Vehicles may be able to detect pedestrians carrying a smartphone equipped with Wi-Fi Direct, a wireless technology that allows devices to communicate directly with each other rather than through a shared access point.

GM is also looking to develop a smartphone app which could be downloaded by frequent road users, such as bike couriers or construction workers, to help vehicles identify them more easily.

With a 200-metre range (roughly the length of two football fields), this system could warn drivers about a pedestrian stepping out from between two parked vehicles or a cyclist riding behind the car's blind spot, for instance.