New GM Cars to be Conversant

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"Well hello there, Opel old chap, how's the wife then?"
"Nicht schlecht, Herr Vauxhall. Und Deine?"

Mundane, boring conversations like this many not be commonplace between General Motors vehicles soon, but the automaker is working on a system, deployed on a fleet of Cadillacs, that will essentially scream "STOP! LEROY! STOP!" when the driver's in danger of hitting another car so equipped. Using a system of radio and GPS, the cars will telegraph their proximity to each other, sounding a warning if some sort of impact seems imminent. We don't really like the Big Brother potential of this one, frankly, and it seems like one more way to lull drivers into a false sense of security.

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GM system lets cars talk to each other [Detroit Free Press]

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