Smart Vehicle App That Brakes for Pedestrians Part of Ann Arbor SPARK Accelerator

An app that alerts smart vehicles to pedestrian activity to prevent collisions has partnered with the University of Michigan and is in Ann Arbor SPARK’s accelerator.

Ann Arbor SPARK works to make the region a destination for expanding business and manufacturing development. The nonprofit also supports startup companies and new technologies.

California-based !important, an app that communicates users’ locations to nearby connected vehicles, can alert drivers and trigger vehicles’ brakes automatically to prevent collisions. It is available for free on the Apple and Android app stores…

Early next year, the technology is slated to be implemented in vehicles on the roads of Reno, Nev. As part of the Intelligent Mobility initiative in collaboration with the Nevada Center for Applied Research at the University of Nevada in Reno.