Communicating cars to be tested by U.S. government

Summary:The United States Department of Transportation plans to examine the effectiveness of connected vehicle technology that enables cars to communicate with each other.

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The United States Department of Transportation plans to examine the effectiveness of connected vehicle technology that enables cars to communicate with each other. This technology equips cars with wireless communications radios that can send signals to each other, indicating their location on the road. These signals are subsequently received and displayed in the form of a dashboard warning, preventing crashes as a result of blind spots, rear-end collisions, and other accidents.

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich. will begin the pilot study this August for the federal government. The Department of Transportation will use it to decide whether this sort of technology is something that should be implemented nationwide to ensure auto safety, or if including it could be a decision made by the manufacture. A similar discussion has surrounded the installation of rearview cameras in automobiles.

This year-long study will consist of nearly 3,000 automobiles from eight different manufactures. Citizens who use their cars frequently will serve as the drivers to help the researchers gain significant data about the technology.

[via Governing.com]

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