Communicating cars might lead to safer roadways

Posted on April 17, 2012

Within the next ten to twenty years, some transportation experts speculate, vehicles will be able to communicate with one another to avoid accidents and traffic congestion. This automotive innovation may happen even sooner, if the federal government begins to mandate the development of the technology. Electronic features allowing vehicles to communicate their speed and location information to one another will make the roadways safer, experts advise.

Data provided by the Texas Transportation Institute suggests that the number of highway injuries and fatalities could be divided in half by reducing the number of rear-end collisions, which account for half of the 6 million accidents that occur in the United States. These communication devices would be equipped with short-range transmitters capable of transmitting signals that can notify vehicles of  impending situations which the vehicle could take steps to avoid automatically.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is currently testing this technology on 3,000 vehicles in Michigan, this technology could potentially change the outcomes of four out of five or eighty percent of the traffic collisions in the United States.

As a San Bernardino personal injury attorney, I am hopeful that technological advances will make the roadways safer for all motorists in the future. If you or someone you care for has been involved in a car accident, please consider discussing your options with a San Bernardino car accident attorney.

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