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New "Car Talking" Technology Could Reduce Incidences of Auto Accidents

Every day, we are inundated with stories of motor vehicle accidents that happen because drivers are texting, typing, or carrying on conversations with their mobile devices. However, a new, promising development is underway that may help prevent the occurrences of auto accidents in today's 21-century multitasking society.

Last month, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor (UMTRI), launched a new study surrounding "connected car technology."

This innovative auto technology allows wireless warnings and information to be sent to motor vehicles in the same vicinity.

For example, if a vehicle in heavy traffic suddenly needs to brake, that information could be relayed to cars far behind the actual vehicle that's braking. This notifies other drivers, who are unable to see the brake lights, of the slow down allowing them to react accordingly and help avoid rear-end collisions that can easily result in a chain reaction.

About 3,000 area drivers will have the new technology installed in their vehicles and will be observed for a period of one year.

The vision of the study is clear, however. Cars that can instantaneously "talk" to each other about road and traffic dangers decrease the likelihood of auto accident injuries and fatalities.

The technology, unfortunately, is still in the early stages of development, and the goal is lofty. But, with the rate at which technology develops today, it is certainly worth pursuing.

Source: NPR, "Study To Test 'Talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers," Tracy Samilton, August 21, 2012

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