In just a few years our government will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars talk to each other and warn drivers if they are headed toward an accident.
According to federal officials the action has “game-changing potential” to reduce collisions, deaths and injuries. A radio signal will continually transmit a car’s position, direction, speed and other information. Cars and light trucks will receive the same information back from other cars and the vehicle’s computer will alert the driver of an impending crash. Some systems may even automatically brake to avoid an accident if carmakers choose to include that option. The technology works for about 300 yards and communicates with other vehicles with the same technology. For example the driver will be warned of another car about to run a red light even if you cannot see them. This technology is different than the automated safety features using sensors and radar that are being built into high-end vehicles today. The technologies are compatible and both will bring the self-driving car closer to reality. Communities can even choose to invest in the technology so that roadways and traffic lights could start talking to cars. They can send warnings of traffic congestion or hazards ahead in time for drivers to make a detour. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working with automakers on vehicles with technology that lets cars talk to each other and could prevent up to 80% of accidents that don’t involve drunken drivers or mechanical failure. David Friedman, head of the agency stated that the focus is “to prevent crashes in the first place” rather than efforts to ensure that accidents are survivable. Davis Body Shop wants you to have the safest car on the on the road.