Feds want cars to communicate

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Each year, thousands of people are killed in traffic accidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to reduce those numbers. On Monday, agency officials announced plans to make it a requirement that a new piece of technology, known as the Vehicle-to-Vehicle device or V-to-V, is installed in all vehicles.

Officials claim the technology could stop up to 80 percent of traffic accidents. That number excludes drunk driving and mechanical failure accidents.

Lt. Nakia Hendrix of the Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said 25 people were killed in crashes in Mahoning County last year. Hendrix said the device could definitely help reduce those numbers.

“Any type of education or vehicle design engineering that can prevent crashes I think it’ll be a good thing to reduce fatality rates in traffic accidents,” Hendrix said.

Managers at Preston Hyundai in Boardman said the V-to-V sounds like a great safety feature.

“They continue to advance year after year,” said Preston finance manager Michael Bucci.

He said all of their cars offer advanced safety technology and the V-to-V would be another great addition.

“They offer your lane departure warning system, which just means if you’re driving down the road and you start to veer across the line, it alerts you,” Bucci said.

The Department of Transportation would like to see this requirement in place by the end of 2016 before President Obama leaves office. The cost would be an extra $100 to $200 per vehicle.

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