Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Can Help Avoid 600,000 Car Accidents a Year

Technologies that include car avoidance and vehicle-to-vehicle communication can help avoid traffic jams and car accidents.
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Technologies that include car avoidance and vehicle-to-vehicle communication can help avoid traffic jams and car accidents.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has plans to force car-makers to include vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technologies in the hopes of preventing almost 600,000 car accidents a year. The Washington Post reports that this technology would allow cars to communicate with each other about speed, position and trajectory. That means cars can tell each other when there's oncoming traffic or even signal when it is safe to turn left.

"Adoption of crash avoidance technologies, like electronic stability control, has helped vehicles react to crash-imminent situations, but has not yet been able to help the driver react ahead of time," the NHTSA wrote in a 300-page report.

In addition to left-turn assists, other regulators can include your car telling you when someone ahead is braking hard, even if you can't see them. The V2V technologies might also include features like ensuring you don't enter an occupied lane and preventing unsafe passing. 

Formal V2V regulations will likely be released in 2016, at the earliest. NHTSA is also planning to publish proposals at that time. 

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