An estimated 2,800 vehicles, including trucks, buses, and cars, will start “talking” to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor in an experiment that the government hopes will lead to safer roads. As reported by LehighValleyLive.com, the University of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) expect that the $25 million year-long project will generate data to show that in-vehicle wireless communication devices may reduce traffic accidents.
Currently, about 500 vehicles with the wireless device are now on the road, and this number will rise to 2,800 in the next six weeks. The wireless devices allow vehicles to send signals to each other in order to warn other drivers of potential dangers, such as a car going through a red light or stopped traffic. Vehicles can also get a traffic light to turn green if no other vehicles are coming the other way.
Officials say that this project may eventually lead to the devices being placed in every car. As far as when the technology will be placed in all vehicles is unclear, however, as the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who has the authority to order the devices be placed in all cars, must study the project’s data before making any conclusions. The data will be available in about a year. Testers will be looking for data that shows that the warnings prevented crashes.
A number of auto manufacturers, including Nissan, Ford, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz, are supplying vehicles to take part in the test.
Safety devices may be an important tool in reducing traffic accidents, but the best means of preventing a collision is a responsible, safe, and distraction-free driver. However, the personal injury attorneys in Sterling Heights with Lipton Law understand that not all accidents are preventable and the negligent actions of some MI motorists may endanger the safety of others on the road. If you have been injured in a traffic accident, call (248) 557-1688 to schedule a no-cost consultation with our legal team and see how we can get you full compensation for your losses.