Connected Cars: Reducing Tomorrow’s Car Accidents in Boca Raton?
Gregg Hollander | June 1, 2012 | Personal Injury
Connected cars may be here before you know it. They’re already in serious testing and test participants are liking what they’re seeing.
Our Boca Raton accident attorneys have talked about this technology before in our accident blog. It’s the in-car technology that’s allows cars to talk to one another and to the roadway to help to reduce the risks for collisions.
Now these cars and the technology in them are being tested out by real drivers in close to real-life scenarios. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 700 people were invited to test out the technology at six events across the country. An overwhelming majority of drivers who participated reportedly liked the technology and even said that they would feel comfortable having it in their cars.
Officials with the NHTSA and with the Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) have been working alongside various automakers to research this technology and to get it on our roadways as soon as possible.
Our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys understand that the connected cars and the technological benefits come with a lot of promises. Officials are saying that they’ll not only to be able to improve the safety of our roadways and protect motorists, but can save on gas and help with traffic jams. Whatever the outcome, it’s important to remember that this technology is still in the testing phase and nothing is ever going to replace a safe and attentive driver behind the wheel.
“Safety is our top priority, and we are always looking for ways that innovative technology can be harnessed to improve driver safety,” said Ray LaHood, USDOT Secretary.
Statistics reveal that more than 80 percent of the drivers who participated in the recent studies say that they would love to have this technology in their vehicle. Another 90 percent said that this technology might actually have what it takes to reduce the risks of all sorts of accidents on roadways nationwide.
David Strickland with the NHTSA says that it’s technologies like these that might provide the change we need to really kick off auto safety.
In the next step, officials with the NHTSA and with RITA will be allowing study participants in Ann Arbor, Mich. to test drive the vehicles for an entire year. During this time, there will be about 3,000 of these connected cars in that area and their crash-avoidance technology will be tested. This phase of the research is expected to launch later this summer.
By 2013, officials with the NHTSA will have to determine if they’re going to continue on with the activities, which may even include rulemakings.