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Could communicating cars make driving safer?

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:00:28 AM

Changes might soon be coming to the auto industry, and buyers interested in affordable auto financing may have a whole new range of options available to them.

According to The Associated Press, new regulations from the Federal government could require vehicles to be able to communicate with one another in order to prevent crashes. Using a radio signal, cars and light trucks would talk back and forth, then alert the drivers if danger is imminent. 

"It will change driving as we know it over time," said Scott Belcher, president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, The AP reported. "Automobile makers will rethink how they design and construct cars because they will no longer be constructing cars to survive a crash, but building them to avoid a crash."

Industry experts believe that these additions to future new vehicles may be able to reduce the number of crashes, according to The AP. 

This proposed rule could be installed as soon as early 2017, Reuters reported. Before anything takes place, however, the public will have a chance to weigh in. Following the proposal, a comment period would take place for up to 90 days.