The truth is often stranger than fiction and, sometimes, the truth is inspired by fiction. That’s the case for the new technology of Roadcasting.
Roadcasting is a system that allows anyone to have their own radio station, broadcasted among cars in an ad-hoc network. It plays the songs that people want to hear and it transforms car radio into an interactive medium.
If this idea seems familiar, you may have read Eastern Standard Tribe (local copy), the recent novel by BoingBoing‘s Cory Doctorow. In it, Doctorow describes a music filesharing network run by a toll-road company that allows drivers to share their own music and access the music of others for a nominal fee.
Same. Damn. Idea.
If you’re the brainy type, you can actually download the source code of the Roadcasting project, which is the work of students at Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute.