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Feds pave the way for cars that can talk to one another

Mark Hachman | Feb. 4, 2014
The Department of Transportation (DOT) said Monday that it plans to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications in future generations of cars, eventually making the technology as ubiquitous as seat belts.

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Vehicle communications systems have been in place for some years, with bus systems in London, the San Francisco Bay Area's BART system, and others broadcasting their estimated times of arrival at the next station, based upon their location data. It's this vision of the future that Scott F. Belcher, president and chief executive of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), said he endorsed.

"Thanks to the strong commitment by U.S. DOT and automotive leaders, and years of investment by countless innovators and industry pioneers, the vision of 'talking' cars that avoid crashes is well on the way to becoming a reality," Belcher said in a statement. "And we're not just talking about cars talking to cars, but about cars talking to bikes, trucks talking to motorcycles, and even buses talking to pedestrians. This promises to significantly reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our nation's roads while unleashing a new wave of innovation from advanced traffic management systems and smart mobility apps to real-time traffic, transit and parking information. We look forward to working with U.S. DOT, the automakers, and high-tech industry to ensure that issues such as security and privacy are addressed as we work toward full scale adoption of this life-saving technology."


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