Connected Vehicles Could Save 75% of Highway Deaths, DOT Launches Major Test

- August 21, 2012

The U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Trans­porta­tion Research Insti­tute, are get­ting ready to launch the largest exper­i­ment ever involv­ing con­nect­ed vehi­cles that use wire­less sig­nals to talk to one anoth­er in an effort to improve high­way safe­ty while also eas­ing traf­fic.

The first-of-its-kind, large-scale exper­i­ment will test a Wi-Fi-like tech­nol­o­gy that allows vehi­cles and high­way infra­struc­ture to com­mu­ni­cate with each oth­er. Accord­ing to the Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion, such tech­nol­o­gy could help pre­vent as many as three out of every four high­way deaths.

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