New safety regulations currently being considered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might lay the groundwork for a requirement that would mandate that vehicles manufactured in the future be equipped to communicate with one another in order to prevent accidents and mishaps on the roadways. Officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the regulations they are considering would establish a basic communication system between vehicles that could aid motorists in avoiding collisions with other automobiles. A vehicle might be alerted, for example, when it approaches an intersection where a motorist has run a red light. According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, such communication technology could potentially reduce the occurrence of traffic accidents in eight out of ten incidences, provided that none of the drivers involved in the potential collision is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. The United States Transportation department is currently testing the effectiveness of inter-vehicle communication technology using a fleet of 3,000 automobiles on the roadways of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Several automakers including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Toyota, and Honda, are also participating in this research study.
As an auto accident attorney in San Jose, I hope that technological innovations make our roadways safer for everyone. If you have been injured in an automotive accident, please consider discussing your options for legal recourse with a San Jose personal injury attorney.