Authorities in the United States are considering introducing a law requiring cars to be fitted with wireless technology which allows them to ‘talk’ to each other and thus improve safety.
Reuters reports that the technology would also help reduce traffic congestion.
According to the US Department of Transportation, the rule mandating vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology could be in place in early 2017.
"When these technologies are adapted across the fleet, the results could be nothing short of revolutionary for roadway safety," said David Friedman, acting administrator of the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This technology works by allowing cars to swap basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times a second. According to NHTSA, it is hoped that the severity of 80 percent of crashes that occur when the driver is not impaired can be reduced by sharing this information.
Vehicles or a group of vehicles can be identified (through a defined procedure) only if there is a safety problem present. In addition, the data does not include personal details about the driver or vehicle, so privacy concerns are minimised.