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Car-to-car communication coming

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Posted: 6 am ET

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.

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February 19, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Another suggestion... Why not let people "ping" other driver's cars when they see them driving erratically. The car will then record the speed and any close cutoffs they performed in the last sixty seconds. This info would be downloaded to the motor vehicle division. When you go to get your license renewed, your car is checked for "pings" and the info on your driving behavior is downloaded. If there are too many "pings" with supporting evidence of bad driving, you must go through driving training again. Better solution than punishing the safe drivers.

February 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I am concerned when a non-thinking entity takes control from a thinking entity. The car system is only as good as its programmer and may fail after long exposure to the elements. This means higher maintenance costs and possible deaths with catastrophic failures of the system. A better solution is to create a "no talk zone" so people are unable to text or talk on their phone while in the front seat of the car. Nothing is important enough that someone has so you can talk on your phone!

February 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm

translation: NSA takes yet ANOTHER step!!!!!!!

February 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I have been in collision repair for 30 plus years. Cars today are smarter than most people driving them ! A great thing today with all the inattentive and distracted drivers Wake up drivers and take some responsibility !!

February 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Thank you Kevin for making me LOL at such an early morning hour.
(Your comment of Feb. 13th at 10:50 am re: auto communications)

February 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Sounds like a great idea. My worry is that the insurance rates will go lower for about 5 seconds. Remember ATMs were supposed to lower costs for banks because they do not require a human, now they charge ATM fee to use the machine!?

ernie lorch
February 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

Sounds like the now past era of CB radio where you were in constant contact with other cars and trucks on the road. That worked, motor mouths and all.

February 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

I thought Automobiles already had communications. It's called the Driver's Middle Finger !