"Smart" Cars Pass a Euro Hurdle

August 5, 2008
"Smart" cars that communicate with each other to warn of traffic and accidents ahead are a step closer to reality in Europe, under a plan announced by the European Commission.

Breitbart reports that the auto industry and telecoms have permission from the Commission to figure out how to outfit cars for new technology that will send traffic information from car to car, enabling new layers of data to be shared with navigation and traffic-control systems. The technology could help reduce traffic when conditions get grim, the news site adds.

A car that drives through standing water could send information to cars behind it, for example--or one that encounters traffic could signal cars heading in the same direction to reroute.

The decision also enables European countries to begun funding for infrastructure projects to support smart cars. Breitbart says more than 42,000 people died in accidents on European Union roads. The report says rudimentary systems could be in place by 2012.

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