Vehicle-to-Infrastructure technology aimed to save lives

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Washington D.C. The auto industry is rapidly changing how we get from place to place with new technology.

Recent breakthroughs have allowed vehicles to communicate with one another to prevent crashes—or alerting you when there’s something in the way when reversing.

New technology called Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) is coming to vehicles in the very near future. V2I technology is the wireless exchange of safety and operational data between vehicles and roadway infrastructure.

“It’s really the future of automotive technology,” said Senator Gary Peters (D) Michigan.

Senator Peters introduced a bill called the “Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015. If passed, states will be able to use federal money to add the V2I technology to new roads the states build. This technology would tell drivers about potential road hazards such as construction or icy roads.

“It’s important as we manufacture cars that it’s just not torque and horsepower, although that’s my favorite and most people’s favorite thing about an automobile, it’s still the technology the advanced computer power that’s going to make vehicles extremely safe,” said Peters.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 32-thousand people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on American roads—in 2013.

They say V2I technology could eliminate 80-percent of vehicle accidents once fully installed.

“It will communicate that information directly into your automobile as you are driving the automobile—it will slow down will know that it’s a danger,” said Peters.

Senator Peters said the technology could let your vehicle drive itself—allowing for more cars on the streets but he says that’s down the road.

This bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and is likely to be part of the highway bill expected to be voted on in the coming months.

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