Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters the technology could someday help prevent up to 80 percent of all accidents which don't involve impaired drivers.
"When cars share this information, they can account for all the vehicles around them, which means they're able to identify possible crashes." (Via CNN)
But there are still several roadblocks before this regulation becomes reality. A Bloomberg analyst says, for one thing, it could lead to some serious privacy concerns — especially considering all the news about mass surveillance lately.
"For me, it raises all kinds of questions about how much is the government, or the car manufacturer, or the NSA going to know about where my car is, how fast I'm driving?"
And Ars Technica lists some other problems that face the program: "Squabbles over radio spectrum, and the cost of the vast scale of the infrastructure ... are among the major pain points that need to be addressed."
The Department of Transportation is aiming to have the finished regulation in place for new cars by 2016.
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