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Talking car technology moving forward

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Federal officials want to take car safety to the next level.

To prevent crashes, they want vehicles to talk to each other.

The idea is to have cars communicate with each other using short-range radio signals, sharing their location, direction, speed and other information.

That way, a car's computer would alert the driver to an impending crash. 

"What we're talking about today is tapping into the ability of vehicles to have 360 degree awareness around them. They can see around corners, they can see in front of a truck that is blocking their view to get that sensory input to the vehicle, so that it can warn that vehicle," said David Friedman of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Officials want to require automakers to put the radios in new vehicles.

The technology is expected to take several years before it's ready.

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