The government is launching a year-long, real-world test of systems that keep cars from crashing into each other in Michigan this summer. It’s going to involve nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses using volunteer drivers, the Associated Press reports.
All the vehicles are going to electronically talk to each other to avoid accidents.
The vehicles will be equipped to continuously communicate over wireless networks, exchanging information on location, direction and speed 10 times a second with other similarly equipped cars within about 1,000 feet, the AP says. A computer analyzes the information and issues danger warnings to drivers, often before they can see the other vehicle.
The systems have been under development by several automakers over the past few years. They can either warn drivers that another vehicle is about to cut in front of them or has suddenly stopped, or they can be tied to an automatic system to brake cars to avoid collisions.