Cars and light trucks of the future must be able to talk to each other and warn of potential dangers. This first step from the government requiring the technology could prevent thousands of accidents and fatalities.

How would it work? A radio signal would be used to continually transmit a vehicle’s position, speed and other info. Other cars equipped with the same technology would be able to read the data and warn of any potential collision. The range of the radio signal is limited to about 300 yards. Plenty of distance to warn your car of any potential accidents.

Here’s a few examples we’ve all experienced while driving. Your car would be able to detect cars braking hard several cars ahead of you. How about cars running red lights? This technology would warn your car of that as well.

A report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the technology could prevent 529,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year. More than 1,000 lives would be saved according to the NHTSA.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told the AP, “This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether – saving lives, saving money and even saving fuel thanks to the widespread benefits it offers.”

Besides the obvious benefits of saving lives, cars equipped with this tech could help ease the flow of traffic. Great for rush hour in any metro. You’re not human if you can drive through Atlanta rush hour traffic and not get sweaty palms.

As for when this technology will be widespread, new cars could come equipped with the technology. Older ones would have to be retrofitted. Costs? They are expected to run about $100 to $200 per vehicle. Not bad, considering the potential lives saved by the technology.

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