Cars which can talk to each other, and tell each other about traffic jams and accidents, could soon be a reality, after the European Union voted to reserve a single radio frequency within the bloc just for that purpose.
Information, Society and Media spokesman, Martin Selmayr said: “Everyday there are some 7,500km of traffic jams on the EU’s road and the economic cost of congestion could reach 80 billion euros by 2010.”
The technology for such “smart” cars might not be in existence yet. But Brussels sees huge benefits from a system which could deliver lower carbon emissions and road safety in one fell swoop.
“What is missing so far in Europe, to deploy this new car communication technology, is radio frequencies available to allow for this new form of wireless communication,” said Selmayr.
It is thought such a system could put an end to multiple pile-ups. Instant alerts of crashes could be transmitted from vehicle to vehicle.
Brussels hopes that by providing the means of transmission, companies will be spurred into creating the hardware required.