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US may eventually require car-to-car communication

Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 1:33 PM ET
Car to car communication in focus
Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 12:39 PM ET
CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports the Federal government is eventually going to make it mandatory for all vehicles to be able to communicate with other vehicles.

U.S. regulators may eventually require cars and trucks to be able to communicate with one another in order to avoid accidents and traffic jams, the Department of Transportation said on Monday.

Making mandatory technology once thought to be science-fiction will "pave the way for market penetration of vehicle-to-vehicle safety applications," the DOT said in a statement.

(Read more: A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless)

"Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the life-saving achievements we've already seen with safety belts and air bags," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will soon take initial steps to make rules regarding vehicle-to-vehicle communication, but NHTSA did not say how long it will be before such communication is required.

—By Reuters

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