The Obama administration wants to interfere with something almost every American uses, the car. But do not worry, because the administration has a plan to turn roads into safer places, or at least into less dangerous ones.
Basically, the legislators want cars and light trucks to be equipped with sensors and communication systems in order to avoid accidents. The inter-car communication system will only need a couple of data to be sent between two or more vehicles. The most important aspect in driving safety is the location of each vehicle. But privacy issues will arise, as usual.
There are a couple of reasons why this system will actually increase road safety. Firstly, night driving should be less stressful as specific sensors will point any sudden change, even before any visual cues will appear, like stoplights. Secondly, dead angles will not be a potentially dangerous issue. As well, a car about to turn your away from just around the corner will not be a surprise.
Until the administration devises proper regulation, drivers can enjoy a new gadget. The Navdy dashboard device is a futuristic transparent display which brings the needed information in a non-invasive manner.
The inter-car communication system will save lives, repair and hospitalization costs
With a technology working up to approximately 300 yards, numerous accidents can easily be avoided. In fact, the administration announced on Monday that according to a research report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the numbers are impressive. About 592.000 left-turn and intersection crashes could be avoided thanks to the new technology. That would include almost 1.100 saved lives every year, Fox News reports.
Discussions about driverless cars and the bright future they bring have flooded the net in the last years, all thanks to Google. The technology desired by the administration will not be that complex. A Google car is equipped with a highly complex sensor system. For Google it will by easier to adopt the future governmental regulation, which will require far less sophistication.
The administration predicts that the communication system will cost about $329 in 2020. The costs will rapidly decrease as the technology penetrates the market and producers gain experience.
For an inter-car communication system to produce the most widespread beneficial effects, all cars will have to have such a functional communication system. The government will devise regulation that will include retrofitting present automobiles, along with the equipping newly produced cars with the technology.
Maybe $329 does not seem like a small price to pay but think of it as an extra insurance policy. It might help you cut repair, as well as hospitalization costs.