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DOT Endorses Technology that Allows Cars to Talk to Each Other

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Transportation says cars that talk to each other could prevent more than half a million car crashes a year.

It's called vehicle to vehicle communication technology -- or V2V -- and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says it could move the focus from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether.

A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new rule, issued in 2016, that would require new cars to come equipped with two types of V2V.

The report says those advance warning systems could prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives every year. 

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