FOX 45 explores new car technology after fatal wrong-way crash on I-675

FOX 45 explores new car technology after fatal wrong-way crash on I-675 (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Can crashes, like the fatal wrong-way crash on I-675 Monday, be prevented?

Auto experts believe they can, and the technology to do it is already out there.

When you year the phrase 'autonomous car,' Delphi Master Technician Dave Hobbs said people usually get the wrong idea.

"There we go, you see it drove itself," Hobbs said, while taking FOX 45 on a test drive with a Chrysler model.

The care was in town as part of a live TedTalk, live streamed at Sinclair Community College. The event showcased how technology is changing the industry. Pat Brown, with AAA, said safety is the driving force behind the changes.

"Less crashes, less injuries, things like that," Brown told FOX 45's Shavon Anderson. "That's why there's a big push to have it come online, and to have it work correctly."

According to AAA, 37,000 people die every year from road crashes, and 90 percent are driver error. Convincing those drivers they need this technology is hard.

"Almost 80 percent of the people don't even want to be in a car that's not controlled by somebody," Brown said.

Hobbs said there's in increasingly interesting aspect to driverless cars.

"Cadillac and some other auto manufactures have what's called V2V, Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications," he said.

That means the cars use a radio frequency to talk to each other, and can avoid one another on the roads. Right now, the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a mandate requiring manufacturers to include the V2V technology in all new models by 2023.

Justin Morgan, Chairperson of Automotive Technology with Sinclair, thinks there are still bumps in the road.

"I honestly feel like the legislation is the biggest key component right now," he said.

Many wonder how the government will oversee regulations regarding safety and manufacturing. Hobbs tells people to just look at the data. High crashes and high fault is forcing everyone to think to the future.

"If it saves one life, it's definitely worth it," said Hobbs.

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