Cars Will Talk To Avoid Collisions, Accidents

Jun 11, 2012 10:33 AM EDT | Brice Smith

Car safety just took a giant leap forward after a recent transportation conference gave a sneak peek into the future of automobile safety technology. 

The V2V, which stands for Vehicle To Vehicle Communication, is literally two-way communication between two vehicles warning drivers of potential collisions. Sources confirm that in a few months, the U.S. government will be launching a yearling, exclusive real test with more than 3,000 cars, including trucks and buses. The experiment to test the latest future technology will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

V2V "is our next evolutionary step ... to make sure the crash never happens in the first place, which is, frankly, the best safety scenario we can all hope for," said David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The V2V will be equipped in vehicles to communicate between cars using wireless networks in a mutual exchange of information on location, direction and speed 10 times a second. Along with similar equipped cars within 1,000 feet. To improve the mutual exchange of information, a computer will analyze the details and sends danger warnings to drivers before they can see the other vehicle.

"We think this is really the future of transportation safety, and it's going to make a huge difference in the way we live our lives," said Scott Belcher, president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, which promotes technology solutions to transportation problems.

In its online portal, NHTSA reveals that it has been working on the future safety technology for the last 10 years with the support of eight automakers such as Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.

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