Since 1925 there have been more than 178,000 deaths on Australian roads, and on top of the social impact of these tragedies the annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia is estimated at $18 billion annually. Such a toll could be reduced however, thanks to a tiny microchip being developed by researchers at the University of Melbournes department of electrical and electronic engineering in collaboration with NICTA, Raytheon, IBM and GMH.
The Radar on a Chip (or ROACH) device is a tiny chip, that, when placed on the bumper bar of a car will be able to detect obstructions at a distance. It is considered the best level of computerised assistance possible and it does now reduce vehicle control or function. Earlier this month, the Victorian government gave the ROACH project, which $1.7 million to further develop and test the chip.