By KYW Tech Editor Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s technology that could keep you safer behind the wheel, and now the government is proposing to require automakers to include it in new cars and light trucks.READ MORE: Radnor High School Currently On Lockdown Due To Bomb Threat
Vehicle-to-vehicle — or V2V — communication lets one ride ‘talk’ to another.
“They can account for all the vehicles around them. Which means they’re able to identify possible crashes and can warn drivers in time to avoid those crashes,” says U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
Foxx says the person behind the wheel still has to react, though some carmakers already have accident avoidance systems that help brake or steer clear of a collision.READ MORE: 4 People Killed, 2 Possibly Unaccounted For In Pottstown House Explosion, Officials Say
“V2V can also help reduce congestion and save fuel. The potential of this technology is absolutely enormous,” says Foxx.
It works by exchanging data like speed and travel direction 10 times a second over the Dedicated Short-Range Communications network, a dedicated chunk of spectrum that enables cars to pass information within 300 yards of one another.
But don’t look for it under the hood anytime soon. This is just the start of a long public comment and rulemaking process that Foxx says he hopes to complete before the end of 2016.Philadelphia Eagles To Be First NFL Team To Launch Brand Campaign In Africa