We may not be any closer to flying cars, but there’s no denying that vehicles have evolved quite drastically in recent years. The next big change could be right around the corner and it’s already got some overwhelming support, according to CNN Money. Consumer Reports magazine recently announced that it’s in full support for vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems. These kinds of systems would allow vehicles to talk to one another electronically. They believe that this kind of technology has the ability to save thousands of lives from car accidents in Davie and elsewhere.
Experts call this technology V2V and say that it has the ability to let trucks and cars talk to one another when they’re traveling within the same area. Cars will be able to transmit the direction they’re heading and the speed they’re traveling at to help to avoid accidents with other cars in the area. Cars with this technology would even be able to alert other cars of problems such as slick roadways and other dangerous road conditions.
Our Davie car accident attorneys understand that the V2V technology may take a while to hit our streets, but we do need a little help on our roadways. Fatal car accidents continue to plague our area’s roads, despite the endless pleas for more driver awareness and caution. Until we’re able to travel the roadways in “driverless” cars, drivers are asked to keep attention on the roadways. Car accidents are a top killer for Americans. Most of these accidents are preventable, so we are asking residents to be the best and most cautious driver they can be.
Right now, there are smaller versions of V2Vs on our roadways. These are the vehicles that have the ability to override a driver’s command in the face of danger. These cars can hit the brake or swerve to avoid hitting something before a driver even notices any danger. Soon, there will be no need to override driver’s command, as the V2V technology will be the sole operator of the vehicle.
This isn’t a new idea from automakers either. This technology has been in the works for years now. Next year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should rule on moving forward with research into the technology.
The NHTSA believes that this communication technology could potentially reduce the risks of car accidents by about 80 percent.
The cars won’t only be talking to each other, they’ll also be able to read info about objects and hazards that are along the roadway, including school zones, traffic lights and street signs.
The technology isn’t as big and bulky as you may think either. It’s actually only about the size of a pack of cigarettes, and the devices could even be used in older vehicles. Until we’re able to throw our hands behind our head in the driver’s seat and allow our car to navigate for us, drivers are asked to keep 100 percent of their attention and focus on driving and preventing accidents on our South Florida roadways.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident in Davie, Miami or the Port St. Lucie area, the South Florida personal injury lawyers at Freeman & Mallard are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call today to schedule a free and confidential review of your case, 1-800-529-2368.
Consumer Reports supports cars of the future, by Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Money
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