- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The federal government is working out the kinks in a plan that would require many vehicles on U.S. roadways to “talk” with one another using a technology called vehicle-to-vehicle.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Tuesday that it will begin taking steps to enable the V2V communication technology for light vehicles.

“This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to “talk” to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second,” the department said in a statement.

Technology website Ars Technica found that V2V is based on “networking protocol similar to those used by Wi-Fi networks, GPS geolocation technology, and in-car sensors that detect rate of turn, braking, and other movement data,” or what it called a “digital version of the swimming pool game Marco Polo.”

NHTSA is preparing to release the results of a yearlong trial on the technology that it conducted with 3,000 vehicles in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to Ars Technica.

The report will address privacy and security concerns, cost estimates and safety benefits of such regulations as policy makers try to find ways to craft public policy around the technology.

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