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4/29/2014 - Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems in the works


Hi-tech advancements are adding to motorists' convenience.

A recent development announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the potential to result in a substantially fewer number of accidents taking place on America's roadways. And it's all thanks to cars having the ability to "talk" to one another.

In February, the NHTSA announced that it would begin the process of working on vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems, where cars that are on the road, essentially, communicate about where they are in traffic, how fast they're moving and what safety systems are on board.

Anthony Foxx, secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation, indicated that modern-day technology is ever increasingly benefiting society in ways that may ultimately save lives.

"Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the life-saving achievements we've already seen with safety belts and airbags," said Foxx. "By helping drivers avoid crashes, this technology will play a key role in improving the way people get where they need to go while ensuring that the U.S. remains the leader in the global automotive industry."

Drivers would be informed of accident likelihood
The V2V communication technology would work by alerting motorists who are behind the wheel to potential safety risks, such as being rear-ended or the risk of a crash occurring at a busy intersection, NHTSA indicated. Already, these systems have been tested in laboratory and in real-life settings with encouraging results.

"V2V crash avoidance technology has game-changing potential to significantly reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on our nation's roads," said David Friedman, acting administrator for NHTSA. "Decades from now, it's likely we'll look back at this time period as one in which the historical arc of transportation safety considerably changed for the better, similar to the introduction of standards for seat belts, airbags, and electronic stability control technology."

Hi-tech advancements are adding to motorists' convenience in other ways as well. Last month, South Dakota moved one step closer to becoming the 24th state to allow drivers to establish proof of auto insurance ownership through electronic means, like a smartphone or tablet.

Wisconsin, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana are a few of the other states where E-proof laws are on the books, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.


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