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Will Cars That Can Talk Eliminate Car Accidents Caused by Driver Error?

June 20, 2012

The vast majority of motor vehicle accidents involving all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and tractor-trailers are caused by human error. An interesting test of new anti-collision technology involving cars that can communicate with each other may hold the key to future accident safety by taking human error out of the equation. Michigan will be implementing a test this summer that involves 3,000 “talking cars” that are designed to prevent collisions by communicating locations, speed, hazards and other information to vehicles, which then warn drivers of a potential problem or apply the brakes to prevent a car crash.

Although there are currently high-end vehicles equipped with crash avoidance systems, these vehicles rely on sensors or lasers to detect nearby vehicles. This means that these car crash avoidance systems are limited to situations where there is a line of sight between the vehicles. This new vehicle-to-vehicle technology (V2V) goes further in allowing vehicles to communicate that may be separated by a greater distance or have an obstruction between the vehicles so that there is no line of sight. For example, these talking cars can communicate to another vehicle on the other side of a curve to warn a driver that it not safe to pass. The V2V technology can even warn a driver of a vehicle that is several cars ahead in a line of traffic that has stopped even before the car immediately in front of the driver is forced to brake.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working on this technology in conjunction with a number of car manufacturers for nearly a decade. The future vision for this technology involves vehicles being able to communicate with each other and with traffic lights and other roadway features to eliminate virtually all traffic accidents.

While the Michigan test will be the first real world test of V2V technology, there are still questions that remain about the long-term use of the technology. While automakers may eventually be urged to make this technology standard, this type of innovation drives up the cost of vehicles so it is adopted more quickly when made mandatory under federal law. Even if the federal government mandates use of V2V technology, it typically takes about ten years before automakers are required to begin implementing the technology on new vehicles. It takes approximately thirty years after a federal mandate before virtually all of the cars on the road would be equipped with this technology.

The most ambitious hopes for this technology envision a sci-fi future where all cars communicate with each other, the roadway, and traffic signs or signals. It has even been suggested that the vehicles will effectively operate on auto-pilot. In the meantime, this technology could go a long way to prevent Atlanta car accidents, but sadly we may have to wait for the Jetsons self-driving car scenario before the plague caused by intoxicated and drugged drivers can be eradicated.

Our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers at Montlick & Associates are committed to improved motor vehicle safety that prevents serious injuries and wrongful death caused by car accidents. Until human error is eliminated, many people will continue to have the course of their lives altered by serious traffic accidents in Georgia. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury or a loved one has died in a Georgia car accident, you may have the right to financial compensation for your injuries.

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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