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by | Feb 27, 2012 | News

Speaking at a recent conference, David Strickland of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said his agency will decide next year whether to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies in new cars to improve crash avoidance. “We have been working on this notion for over a decade,” Strickland said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We really do feel very bullish on the prospect of getting it on the ground.” Strickland said such technology could address up to 80 percent of crash scenarios.
But even with such mandates, it can take decades before new safety features are in 95 percent of vehicles on the road, according to a recent report from the Highway Data Loss Institute. It won’t be until 2016 that 95 percent of vehicles have front airbags, for example, and until 2028 for side airbags. Based on that trajectory, forward collision crash avoidance
technology won’t be in 95 percent of registered vehicles until 2049, the Institute predicts.
Okay, this isn’t new (3.7 million have viewed it), but security cameras in the 2-mile-long Lefortovo tunnel in Moscow have captured some crazy vehicle accidents. Check it out.