When someone in Erie is looking for a new car, he or she is likely looking for something that has safety features that will protect him or her in a crash. While it is important that the vehicles on our roads can keep people safe if the worst happens and they are involved in a
, manufacturers haven't spent as much time creating technology that will avoid accidents in the first place.
With the advent of technology that allows cars to communicate with each other, however, the federal government would like car manufacturers to change their focus. It has not yet mandated that all new vehicles have the ability to talk to other vehicles, but the government is heading toward just such a mandate. If implemented, it is expected to raise the price of a vehicle by $100 to $200.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, once the market is sufficiently saturated with this technology, that the number of accidents could fall by 80 percent. To get to that number, however, there will need to be a sufficiently high number of cars on the road that can communicate with each other. That will take time, but some people are looking to use smartphones as a way to increase the amount of communicative technology out there.
In essence, this technology would allow cars within 300 yards to communicate information to each other. For example, perhaps there is a collision a few cars ahead of you, the car that was hit can tell your car, and then our car will then notify you of the accident and suggest you slow down or stop.
For now, however, this technology is slowly making its way onto the roads.
Source: The Associated Press, “
Car-to-Car Talk Offers Warning on Collisions
,” Joan Lowy, Feb 3, 2014