Obama administration wants cars that talk to each other, saying they will save lives

Aug 18, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it wants to require that future cars and trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a research report released Monday that such technology could prevent an estimated 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives.

The safety administration also announced that it was taking the first step toward drafting rules to require automakers to include the technology in new cars.

The technology uses a radio signal that continually transmits a vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks receive the information and their computers alert the driver to an impending collision.