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US may mandate 'talking' cars by early 2017

Published on Feb 4, 2014 6:15 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States (US) regulators are crafting a rule that would require all new vehicles to be able to "talk" to one another using wireless technology, which the Department of Transportation (DOT) said would significantly reduce accidents on US roads and alleviate traffic congestion.

A rule mandating so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology should be put in place before President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017, DOT officials said on Monday.

"When these technologies are adapted across the fleet, the results could be nothing short of revolutionary for roadway safety," said Mr David Friedman, acting administrator of the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The details of implementation are still unknown.

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