Tech Talk

The future is officially here! When I hear about talking cars, I envision Bumblebee from Transformers communicating with Optimus Prime, but this is the closest we’re going to get!

Imagine you are driving in a car on a typical road. Going maybe 35 mph. Now imagine the car right in front of you suddenly slams on the brakes and screeches to a halt. Imagine how little time you would have to react. What do you do? Would you slam the brakes as fast as you can? Or is it too late and you’ve already crashed into the other car’s behind? These type of situations are major safety hazards!

However, the Transportation Department recently announced a plan this week to install a “vehicle-to-vehicle communication system” of some sort. You know where this is going. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called it “the next great advance in saving lives.” Although Google is currently experimenting with automated, driver-less cars, this new technology could be imported into ordinary cars as well.

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cost for this system will be about $350 to the total of the car. Not much for the guarantee of safety, right? I don’t know. Bugs are prominent in technology, and if society puts too much trust into this safety mechanism, accidents will still occur. Hopefully that’s not the case, but sh*t happens, right?

Actually, in Ann Arbor, 3000 vehicles driven by volunteers are being tested in real-world conditions with the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system. The experiment is looking promising.

Time will tell if this new tech advancement will change the world for the better, but until then, stop texting while driving, dummies!

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