If you are of a certain age, you probably remember the Jetsons, a Saturday morning cartoon about the future, in which George Jetson drove a vehicle that flew, basically drove itself and avoided crashes with other vehicles and things. Well, according to the United States Department of Transportation, we may soon have cars and trucks that are one step closer to the Jetsons’ vision.
Yesterday, the Transportation Secretary announced it will move forward with vehicle-to-vehicle crash avoidance systems in cars and trucks. The systems use short distance radio networks that can send signals up to 300 yards. Cars and trucks equipped with the crash avoidance systems would essentially talk to one another and provide information about speeds, position and direction. If the crash avoidance system detected an imminent collision, an alarm would sound. In some cases, the warning alarm would sound even before the other vehicle was in view. In terms of timing, the Department of Transportation hopes to have a proposal in place before 2017.
Of course, the system’s effectiveness will be diminished until most vehicles on the road are equipped with the technology. But, this could be a significant step forward in crash protection. And, it comes at a good time. After several years of decline, fatal car accidents increased to 33,561 in 2012. (2013 numbers are not available yet).
Let’s hope this important technology gets traction. Until then, be a safe driver. Slow down. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. And, wear your seatbelt. And if you have been injured in a car accident, contact one of our award-winning lawyers by filling out this online form or call us at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787 for a free, no-obligation consultation.