Cars warning each other of collisions? US to propose new rules in hopes of cutting crashes

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 3, 2014 - 6:25 PM

WASHINGTON — Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don't, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril.

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efrik1Feb. 3, 1411:27 AM

I wish I could communicate with someone going 50 in the fast lane....

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tranqwhlFeb. 3, 1411:47 AM

This system of "cars knowing about other cars" reminds me of FAA's "NextGen" technology. Let me summarize how this would work if it were modeled after NextGen: Big trucks would use one signal, and smaller vehicles would use another signal. Neither signal could see each other; unless within certain proximity to a "ground station", that shares those signals with each other. Yes, I'm serious; look up how NextGen works if you're curious.

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ruphinaFeb. 3, 1412:01 PM

Besides all my other objections, this is a huge government power grab, literally grabbing control of your steering wheel, to be just another bureaucratic dream law. This should be debated in Congress and on the campaign trail for at least 2 election cycles, including a Presidential election before we have to give up this freedom. Bill G.

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ruphinaFeb. 3, 1412:03 PM

Just thought of another HUGE objection; this is the sleazy ambulance chasing tort lawyers dream, because instead of trying to sue drivers with no financial assets, they get to go after car companies, with billions in assets. Bill G.

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heckyousayFeb. 3, 1412:09 PM

"This should be debated in Congress and on the campaign trail for at least 2 election cycles, including a Presidential election before we have to give up this freedom. Bill G." You're worried about giving up the freedom to die in an avoidable crash, Bill? And you don't have to give it up. Just drive an older model without the technology.

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applejeffFeb. 3, 1412:10 PM

Grabbing my steering wheel? That's the last thing I'm worried about. Just tracking me every inch of my life is a bit of an issue for me. If anyone read the story about the file Edward Snowden let out about the Canadian security agency getting people's wi-fi signals in an airport and then tracking them wherever the go, now that would be in every car, too. While this stuff seems like it might help in the long run, it's just plain scary what can be done where it shouldn't be.

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EleanoreFeb. 3, 1412:24 PM

Sorry, government doesn't have the authority to track my cars' location anymore that is does to track mine. We need to un-elect individuals who don't really understand the limitations of their positions in congress.

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gearrunrFeb. 3, 1412:24 PM

This seems like it would be a fun one to hack. For example, modify it so you could trigger it to transmit that your car is say, 30 feet behind where it really is suddenly, causing the cars behind you to think they are about to collide with you. Collecting and sending data is fine, be careful what the cars "automatically" do with that data.

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beaver88Feb. 3, 1412:26 PM

I can't think of one positive in this. The costs and government added regulation are just silly and all that beeping going on while you're sliding across the ice at a innocent Toyota would really be annoying.

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redeye12Feb. 3, 1412:37 PM

Why don't they work on fixing the existing problems of inattentive drivers, cell phone users, drinkers, pot smokers, eaters, etc., before they get gov't into our lives even further.

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