Watch out for that truck! Cars to 'talk' to each other by 2017 under U.S. plan to significantly reduce accidents on the road
2/4/2014 11:58:00 AM
US regulators are crafting a rule that would require all new vehicles to be able to 'talk' to one another using wireless technology, which the Department of Transportation said would significantly reduce accidents on the roads and alleviate traffic congestion.
A rule mandating so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology should be put in place before President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017, DOT officials said on Monday.
A radio beacon would continually transmit a vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information. Cars would receive the same information back from other vehicles, and a vehicle's computer would alert the driver to an impending collision. Some systems may automatically brake to avoid an accident if manufacturers choose to include that option.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has been working with automakers on the technology for the past decade, estimates vehicle-to-vehicle communications could prevent up to 80 percent of accidents that don't involve drunken drivers or mechanical failure.
'When these technologies are adapted across the fleet, the results could be nothing short of revolutionary for roadway safety,' said David Friedman, acting administrator of the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The details of implementation are still unknown.