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New wireless technology could help drastically reduce vehicle crashes

The United States could be on the cusp of a great leap forward in automotive safety. All that’s required is for the auto industry to rally behind the scientists and engineers who have spent the past decade developing a wireless technology called V2X. This catch-all term refers to two closely related systems: vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructrue (V2I) communications. V2X transmitters let cars talk to the world around them and warn drivers of trouble ahead — giving them precious time to react if, for example, an oncoming vehicle appears to be about to run a red light or another is coming around a blind corner. This isn’t the stuff of science fiction. It’s engineering reality. And we’re ready to move it from the lab to the nation’s roads. Cadillac will take the first step on behalf of General Motors. Last month at the Intelligent Transportation World Congress in Detroit, It was announced that the 2017 Cadillac CTS would be the first GM vehicle to carry V2X technology. It could be the first for the entire U.S. industry.

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