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Cars! Talk Amongst Yourselves!!!

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This may sound like science fiction, but it's real. The Obama Administration has asked the Department of Transportation to move forward on a project creating V-to-V communications in America's cars and trucks and make them standard much like seat belts and air bags are part of a car you buy now. It's going to take years to get the regulation in place and, ultimately, the installation in new-model-year cars, but the process of "moving forward" is now underway.

Think of it as cars talking to each other using a wifi-system called DSRC. It would give you a warning if you're about to move into a lane and another car is in your blind spot. It would warn you if it detects a car coming from behind an obstacle at an intersection.

John O'Dell, the Sr. Editor for advanced and fuel efficient cars for online auto-seller Edmunds.com, says there are about 35,000 fatal accidents a year with 70% of them being in intersections. He thinks having a "V-to-V" system in all new cars would be a big help in reducing such wrecks.

But, O'Dell says if a regulation requiring them is established it could be 5 to 8 years before we see the first cars built with the wireless devices. For them to have an impact other cars would have to have them too. O'Dell says it could take as much as 15 years to turn over America's car fleet.

You can find out more about V to V communications on the USDOT website.

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