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Government, automakers hope new technology cuts down on crashes

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Intersection collisions are some of the most deadly car crashes, but now the government, as well as automakers, are developing new technology that might help avoid accidents before they happen.

It's called V2V technology and what it does is save lives.

"If your vehicle is equipped with this technology, it will broadcast out a radio frequency and in that frequency it will include your speed and important vehicle information broadcasting out to other vehicles," said Dan Flores, the General Motors Research and Development spokesman.

The technology allows cars to communicate with each other. Meaning, if someone is speeding toward a red light, their car will alert them to stop.

The idea is stop the accident before it happens.

"The focus of the technology is to help the driver avoid the accident," Flores said.

It's a program the government and automakers are actively working on and, while test results from V2V are not expected back until the end of next year, smart car technology has already hit the streets.

"It's making their life safer, it's making their life easier," Flores said.

Ford has a new front-mounted radar system that actually scans the cars in front of a person. If one suddenly stops, it activates a brakes-assist program or reduces their cruise control speed.

"If the traffic ahead of you slows down, it'll slow down with the traffic and, as the pace of traffic picks up, it will engage and take you back up to your 65 mph," said Steve Tarwater with Shawnee Mission Ford.

General Motors offers a new blind spot warning on side mirrors, letting people know if it's OK to switch lanes.

"It will actually light up on the mirror and indicate to the driver that there is a vehicle or an object in the corner of the car," said Robert Wiegers with Superior Chevrolet.

The hope is to have the technology available on smart phones as well so the technology can work on vehicles that are not manufactured with the V2V chip.

"We certainly are hopefully that, by the end of the decade, this technology will be in vehicles," Flores said.

While more smart car technology is slowly making its way onto the assembly line, there is no set time table for the release of V2V.

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