Feb.3 - Regulators plan to propose new rules requiring technology aimed at avoiding accidents. Jennifer Davis reports.
It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but federal officials say they want cars to be outfitted with technology allowing vehicles to communicate with each other in the next ten years. It's called vehicle to vehicle or V-2-V technology. (SOUNDBITE) ANTHONY FOXX/ U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY SAYING: "Early studies indicate V2V has the potential to help drivers avoid 70 to 80 percent of vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers." Ford is already testing the communications system. Here, the driver is warned about an impending collision with a car he can't see. (SOUNDBITE) DAVID FREIDMAN/ NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION SAYING: "I think, within about the next decade, consumers will start to see this technology aboard their new vehicles." The Obama administration hopes to mandate this technology by 2017.