The U.S. Department of Transportation moved forward on writing rules that may mandate automakers’ use of talking-car technology, saying more than a thousand lives a year might be saved on the nation’s roadways.
Two of the most promising crash-avoidance technologies warning drivers of oncoming vehicles may prevent 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives annually, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in rulemaking notice today on so- called vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
“By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to dramatically improve highway safety,” said David Friedman, the agency’s acting administrator. “V2V technology is ready to move toward implementation.”
Technology companies including Cisco Systems Inc. are among those vying to build the architecture for the connected car of the future. Google Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc. are among companies looking at employing automated systems that may be precursors to self-driving cars.