U.S. wants cars to be able to talk to each other


WASHINGTON — Raising hopes of preventing many deadly collisions, U.S. transporta­tion officials said Monday they plan to propose requiring automakers to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that lets vehicles communicat­e with each other.

A radio beacon would continuall­y transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other informatio­n. Cars would receive the same informatio­n back from other vehicles, and a vehicle’s computer would alert the driver to an impending collision. Some systems may automatica­lly brake to avoid an accident if manufactur­ers choose to include that option.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administra­tion, which has been working with automakers on the technology for the past decade, estimates vehicle-to-vehicle communicat­ions could prevent up to 80 percent of accidents that don’t involve drunken drivers or mechanical failure.

The technology holds the “game-changing” potential to prevent crashes in the first place, while the government’s focus until now has been on ensuring accidents are survivable, David Friedman, the head of the safety administra­tion, said at a news conference. However, it still will be at least several years and perhaps longer before manufactur­ers would have to put the technology in vehicles, officials said.

 ?? | AP FILE PHOTO ?? A side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus.
| AP FILE PHOTO A side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus.

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