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Connected Cars Could Eliminate Accidents

Steve Wagner

With the death of over 30,000 American citizens each year on our roadways, car manufacturers and lawmakers are scrambling to find solutions to keep us safer and decrease the toll that motor vehicle accidents are taking on our population.

As this effort unfolds, the front runner for a solution seems to be the idea of a connected car. Connected cars would “speak” to each other, offering warnings, signals and messages about surrounding traffic, using a high-frequency bandwidth to communicate with one another.

Although questions are being raised about how much bandwidth this project will take, and whether or not it can be shared with other projects, the testing phase of the connected car seems to be going well. Currently, there are over 3,000 connected cars in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the project has already seen its share of successes.

Projections are showing that these connected cars, when implemented throughout the United States, could cut down on over 80% of all non-drunk-driving-related accidents, potentially saving nearly 18,000 lives each year.

Would you be willing to get behind the wheel of a connected car? The NHTSA and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are excited about this project and are hoping the kinks will be worked out with bandwidth issues so the connected vehicle research project can be adapted on a more national scale soon.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was the fault of a reckless or negligent driver, the law offices of Wagner Reese may be able to assist you. We offer free consultation so you can find out what the next steps will look like in your personal injury lawsuit.

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