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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the technology holds the potential to cut U.S. crashes, injuries and deaths on the nation's streets and highways. His department estimates it could prevent up to 80% of accidents that don't involve drunken drivers or mechanical failure.
Officials said the government will issue a report this month on the systems, then "begin working on a regulatory proposal" that will be issued before the end of the Obama administration.
The systems use radio signals to continually transmit a vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information 10 times per second, and it would receive the same data from other vehicles. The vehicle's computer would alert the driver to an impending collision, and some systems could automatically brake.
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