The Obama administration is going to take a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.
A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that the technology could eventually prevent 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, and will result in saving 1,083 lives.
NHTSA said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles.
The technology uses a radio signal to continually transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks would receive the same information, and their computers would alert drivers to an impending collision.
The vehicle-to-vehicle technology is “the next great advance in saving lives,” according to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
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