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New technology helps cars avoid crashes by talking to each other

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Pretty soon cars will be able to talk to other cars.

Much like planes flying in the sky, the government wants all new vehicles to have radar-like systems by the end of 2016.

The hope is that cars that communicate with each other will reduce crashes.

"With more than 30,000 fatalities on America's roadways every year, we must continue to look to new and innovative ways to save lives. V-to-V technology represents one such innovation. It is the promise of advanced safety technology delivered. It is the game-changing potential to avoid a crash in the first place," David Friedman, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's acting administrator, said.

So how does it work?

A radio signal would continually transmit a vehicle's position and speed.

Cars and light trucks would receive the same information back from other cars, and a vehicle's computer would alert its driver to an impending collision.

Alerts could be a flashing message, an audible warning, or a driver's seat that rumbles.

Some systems might even automatically brake to avoid an accident.

"Once was air bags and seatbelts. Now you're going to live in a bubble. Three hundred yard radius. Three hundred sixty degrees around your vehicle while you're driving around the road your vehicle now's going to be able to communicate through a radar with other vehicles on the road to determine when an imminent hazard is coming in front of you," automotive expert, Michael Caudill, said.

Government officials haven't given an estimate for how much the technology would increase the price of a new car.

However, the transportation society estimates it would cost about $100 to $200 per vehicle.

"They're going to integrate this into vehicles so that it becomes something that's mainstream. It's like electrical vehicle technology today. It was expensive a few years ago, it's now completely affordable for consumer on the road. The best part is this technology is coming to market now and we're really looking forward to it," Caudill said.

The National Highway traffic safety administration has been working with automakers on the technology for the past decade.

Early estimates saying car-talk systems could reduce traffic accidents by 80 percent.

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