Feds Say Requiring Car-to-Car Technology Could Prevent Accidents
Getting ready for wingnuts to whine about this, because it’s definitely more tyrannical than that light bulb thing.
New wireless technology that allows cars to talk to each other should be required in new cars and light trucks, the Obama administration said Monday, arguing the change would prevent thousands of car accidents each year.
New vehicle-to-vehicle technologies, which allow cars to automatically detect each other in order to avoid collisions, could prevent up to 592,000 crashes a year and save more than 1,000 lives, according to a new study by federal transportation officials.
The technologies use wireless signals in vehicles to transmit speed, position and other information to cars and trucks around it that also have the safety systems installed. The transmissions allow the vehicles to warn drivers of possible collisions so they can make adjustments to avoid an accident.