SAFER DRIVING

Today's news brought a story we just could not ignore. Using Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication technology (V2V), automobiles will be able to alert drivers of trouble ahead and/or take defensive actions on their own. The Vehicle-to-Infrastructure technology (V2I), in conjunction with the Global Positioning System (GPS), will alert drivers to road work, traffic delays, etc and may even provide alternate routes. If this technology becomes a reality, V2V should reduce the number of automobile accidents. If so, people will suffer fewer injuries and car repairs will be greatly reduced. Under these circumstances, one would expect to see insurance rates decline. Along the same lines, the V2I technology should reduce road congestion, save gasoline costs, and generally reduce the frustration and inconvenience of traffic back-ups. Apparently, safer driving could be available nationwide in 10 to 20 years.


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