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DOT: Smart Cars to Communicate Wirelessly to Avoid Crashes

The Department of Transportation (DoT) announced the agency will push for the development of a short-range radio system that will allow cars to “speak” to one another in an aim to prevent car crashes and other vehicle mishaps. Referred to as dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), the device uses 3G and 4G cellular networks that are dependent on internet-based services. Funded by the Joint Program Office (JPO), the DoT and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), this move toward tying vehicles to the internet of things is being sold to the public as a way to ensure “safer driving”. This technology, called vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) would facilitate one car to communicate with another and trigger the braking system to activate and steering to avoid collisions while warning drivers to avert the potential danger from 300 feet away.

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