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Vehicle-to-vehicle communication hitting the market soon [Video]

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:26:48 PM

If you've been looking forward to the day when vehicle-to-vehicle communication means more than just honking or flashing headlights, good news: That day may be sooner than you think. In addition to continuing to develop autonomous driving vehicle technology, many auto manufactures have begun to roll out vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology, which alerts divers to the activity and presence of nearby cars. 

The 2017 Cadillac CTS has just been announced as the first car to use short-range communication for alerts between vehicles up to 1,000 feet apart. While these warnings are simple and only currently available for other Cadillac CTS drivers, this represents a huge leap forward in terms of safety and driver experience. 

"The beauty of this is it doesn't have to see the other vehicle," Matthew Kirsch, engineer group manager for automated driving and active safety at Cadillac, told the New York Times. "And it can communicate with many different vehicles ahead."

However, for this technology to really be effective, according to Gill Pratt, the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, it would have to communicate in between brands.

"It's not that we share everything," Pratt told Xconomy. "But we try as much as we can to share things that are related to safety and to traffic."

While full market implementation may be a ways off, these tentative first steps show the potential for serious progress in years to come.