Feds push for tracking devices in all new cars

Giuseppe Macri Tech Editor
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U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced Monday they want auto manufacturers to include devices for tracking location, heading, speed, and other information in all cars.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants the tech in all cars for the purpose of averting traffic accidents, the AP reports. The devices would allow cars to essentially talk to each other.

Radio transponders would transmit a car’s real-time data to the computers of surrounding cars, with the hope of alerting drivers to an impending collision.

A report is due out before the end of February detailing the Obama administration’s findings from research into the new systems.

The Department of Transportation plans to propose the rule, which would essentially track the location of every new car, before the end of President Obama’s final term in office.

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