By Deane Barker on February 4, 2014
To save lives, it’s time for our cars to ‘talk’, US says. Are there risks? The government wants our cars to talk to each other, to identify and share their position and speed so that cars can know what’s coming and warn drivers, or – in the coming era of self-driving cars – take active steps to avoid it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Monday it was taking steps toward requiring V2V technology for the US vehicle fleet. By allowing vehicles to exchange “basic safety data, such as speed and position, 10 times per second,” NHTSA said in a statement, traffic accidents involving unimpaired drivers could be reduced by as much as 80 percent, preventing millions of accidents a year and saving thousands of lives.