Gov’t to Require Cars to Talk to Each Other

WASHINGTON (AP) — All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a proposal released Tuesday by the Transportation Department.

Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, enables cars to transmit their locations, speed, direction and other information ten times per second. That lets cars detect, for example, when another vehicle is about to run a red light, is braking hard, changing lanes or coming around a blind turn in time for a driver to prevent a crash.

h/t Exile

  • mauser 98

    carbon tax by the mile
    speeding , traffic tickets , insurance rates ,
    cash cow

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I agree with insurance by the mile.
      Not carbon tax but consumption of the public space.
      Why should someone who drives less than me have to pay the same rate?
      I know, there are other risk factors to be taken into account.
      It’s a complex equation but I’m in favour of the concept that the more you use something the more you should have to pay for it.
      It’s bugged me for years.
      For instance, when I was single and living downtown my power bill would come and indicate a minimum charge called something like a delivery fee.
      Most months my consumption of electricity was less than that fee.
      Everyone pays that fee.
      Why shouldn’t your bill be directly proportional to the amount of electricity you consume?

      • mauser 98

        yes..ok .. good reasons… i do not trust the government to flush a toilet properly.. no matter we get screwed

  • CodexCoder

    If one thinks that software is going to save humanity from bad choices, then they are deluded. The human mind makes choices at a much higher rate than a machine communicating events at 1/10 of a second. The machine does not have a chance.

  • The Butterfly

    How long until this is hacked to get other cars to pull over to let you pass?

    • Or cause a 100 car pile up.

    • Maggat

      Good question, ask Vlad. He is alleged to be a wiz at hacking.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Hackers will have fun with this.

  • Observer

    I am sure the CIA will support this. It sure will make their job easier.

  • CodexCoder

    I would add this grist for the mill: Self driving UBER car runs red light

    So even if the human is flawed, software isn’t perfect either.

  • Jaedo Drax

    so you reprogram your car to listen off, and constant transmit message braking hard.

    shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to do.

  • USAF Vet

    No thanks, I would rather depend on my driving skills.

  • Clink9

    I’m sure it will work just peachy in a greasy snow day like today around Toronto.

  • moraywatson

    Automated road rage is going to be so much better than human road rage.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    It’s just another machine. Don’t trust it!