We've seen it many times on the movie screen. Smart cars. Cars that can drive themselves, but that can also "talk" to other cars and keep drivers safe.
Those vehicles are no longer just for the movies, but they are heading to the masses and quickly.
University of Arizona's researchers are working to make the future of "connected cars" safer than any other vehicle on the road today.
In fact, GM plans on releasing the first fully connected car by 2017.
Professor Larry lead and his team of PhD students are testing ways to make these connected cars the safest vehicles on the road.
“We are communicating with the traffic signals. We can manipulate the signals’ timing to allow a bus to get through the intersection without having to stop,” said Head.
Connected technology lets drivers be hyper aware of their surroundings, but also picks up the slack if they take their eyes off the road.
“Suppose I did get distracted looking down here, and I started rolling forward. Well the vehicles talking to each other would stop my car,” said Head.
The team is also researching an app that pedestrians could download on their smartphones that would let vehicles send signals to the pedestrians so they are made aware of their surroundings.
“We’ve developed a little pedestrian app that runs on a smart phone," Head told FoxNews.com. "A pedestrian can walk up to an intersection and push a button so the intersection now knows you’re there."
Does this mean the end of car accidents? In a perfect world, yes. There's still alot of testing that needs to happen before these vehicles actually make it to the road, but our hope is that one day this is a reality.
What do you think? Are "connected cars" the way of the future as far as safety goes?