The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced recently that it is beginning to work toward vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V, communication where cars will exchange safety data to help prevent crashes.
Essentially, cars will be able to "talk" to each other, exchanging data such as speed and position, and then will provide a warning to drivers who could be in danger of crashing in certain situations such as passing on a two-lane road (a potential head-on collision), turning left across oncoming traffic or two vehicles approaching an intersection that could collide.
NHTSA research indicates that the V2V technology can prevent many car accidents involving two or more cars. In addition to preventing collisions and reducing occupant injury (which helps keep car insurance rates low), these systems also would help improve traffic flow, which would save drivers time as well as save on gas.
NHTSA said that the technology currently in development would not automatically operate the car, such as in braking or steering, though it said it is considering integrating these systems in the future. In addition, the V2V technology does not collect personal data or track vehicle movement and would contain multiple layers of security and privacy protection.
What do you think of this new technology? Will it really make driving safer?
Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.