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Cars Talking to Cars May Soon Be a Reality

Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:15 pm    

Federal officials announced they are planning to move forward with regulations that will require automakers to equip all new automobiles with technology which allows vehicles to communicate with each other.  The technology uses radio signals to continually transmit information such as speed, heading, etc. between vehicles. And, the vehicle’s computer would alert the driver to an impending collision.  Some systems may even automatically break to avoid the collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working with automakers on this technology for the past decade and estimates that such systems could prevent up to 80% of accidents that don’t involve drunken drivers or mechanical failure.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the Obama administration decided to announce its intention to require this technology in new vehicles in order to “send a strong signal to the (automotive industry) that we believe the wave of the future is vehicle-to-vehicle technology.”  It was noted in the AP article that it could take many months, or even years, to get the appropriate regulations drafted and adopted.

Although it is unclear what percent of vehicles would need to have this technology in order for the full benefits to be recognized, some research indicates that safety benefits would be seen if as few as 7 to 10% of vehicles in a given area are equipped with this technology.

While government officials declined to give a cost estimate for adding this technology to new vehicles, the Transportation Society estimated to would cost between $100 and $200 per vehicle.

For more information regarding this technology and the Feds plans see: http://news.yahoo.com/feds-want-cars-able-talk-other-175938294–finance.html.