New Vauxhall to be ‘talkative’

Placing safety concerns at the centre of the its design for new cars, Vauxhall has announced that its next generation of models will be able to communicate with each other.

Entitled Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), the system has been designed to enable cars that are near each other to make use of GPS technology in order to provide warnings of potential dangerous situations.

The new Vauxhall Calibra will come equipped with V2V technology, which will allow the car to ‘talk’ to other vehicles about specifics such as acceleration details, location, speed and the direction the car is travelling.

Speaking recently, Andrew Marshall, of Vauxhall, said: "The car looks around and asks itself ‘where am I?’ and ‘where is everybody else?’ It gets its answers via wi-fi, just like millions of computer users."

Motorists will be warned by a series of vibrations, flashing lights and noises when there is a problem occurring, while the system can also be set up so that automatic braking is initiated.

Earlier this month, General Motors, which owns Vauxhall, Cadillac, Saab, Opel and Chevrolet, stated that the V2V system would cost around £125 per car initially.

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