The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration missed two self-imposed deadlines on deciding whether to require future “smart car” technology.
That would require next-generation vehicles to be able to talk to one another and have automatic braking systems to avoid frontal collisions.
In January 2013, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said he planned to make a decision by Dec. 31 on whether the agency would seek to require automakers to install equipment in vehicles that will allow them to communicate with each other to avoid collisions. Such technology was the subject of a year-long 3,000-vehicle test of smart-car technology in Ann Arbor. Vehicles and streets “talk” to each to reduce crashes and improve traffic congestion.