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Connected Cars Preventing Car Accidents in Parkland and Elsewhere?

Our Parkland car accident attorneys have talked before about connected vehicle technology and its abilities to help to reduce accidents on roadways across the nation. Well, this technology has taken the next step in its development. The Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been working alongside automakers to research this kind of technology, which allows vehicles to “talk” to one another through Wi-Fi.
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Now, the technology is being tested and those who have used it are giving it the thumbs up! Most drivers are saying that they feel the benefits of the technology and support its use, saying it has what it takes to help to make our roadways safer for everyone.

With the “vehicle-to-vehicle” technology, our cars may be able to talk to one another to help to avoid an accident in Parkland and elsewhere. The new in-car technology, currently in its research stages, was recently tested by nearly 700 drivers through six clinics throughout the country. Researchers collected feedback from the clinic participants and determined that an overwhelming majority of the participants would like to use the technology in their own cars. Nearly everyone reports that they felt that the technology has the potential to help make our roadways safer for everyone.

The clinics were designed to see how drivers would interact with the systems and to see if there were any glitches that needed to be worked out. About 80 percent of drivers said that they strongly agreed with the features and would like it in their vehicles. About 90 percent said that they feel that it would improve driving conditions in the real world, including helping to reduce the risks of forward collisions, helping to alert drivers about cars approaching an intersection and helping to notify drivers of other cars changing lanes or moving into the blind spots.

The organizations and automakers will be launching a second phase of research this summer. In this phase, there will be about 3,000 vehicles that are equipped with these various crash-avoidance technologies. These cars will be let loose in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In these vehicles, the systems will also be able to communicate with the roadway and with other cars equipped with the system, keeping vehicles where they need to be and out of accidents.

Vehicle manufacturers working with the USDOT to perfect this technology:

-Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

-Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

-Nissan Technical Center North America.

-Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc.

-Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc.

-Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

-General Motors LLC.

-Ford Motor Company

Next, the NHTSA will determine by 2013 if they’ll be proceeding on with the project and will conduct more technology development, research and activities.

The Parkland accident attorneys at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC have been successfully and aggressively representing victims and their families in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce and the surrounding areas for years. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-561-7777.


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