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No Talking While Driving: At least when it comes to requiring cars to do so, if the Trump administration has its way.

With companies as big as Google and Intel, and just about every automaker working on some form of self-driving car technology, one of the biggest questions about cars that can drive themselves is their safety.

For example, there are technologies that allow cars to effectively “talk” to one another wirelessly, helping the vehicles know distances from one another, and, hopefully, reducing the chances of an accident.

Such technologies would go a long way toward allaying some concerns about the safety of self-driving cars one day. However, the built-in ability of new cars to talk to each other may end up being further down the road than had been anticipated.

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That’s because the Trump administration is said to be dropping plans that would mandate all new cars and light trucks to be built with what’s called vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. Even though many automakers are in favor of the technology, and of making it a requirement in new vehicles, the Trump administration is reportedly against forcing the issue upon American car builders. Trump officials say they oppose putting new and expensive mandates upon the auto industry, and they desire to cut the number of government regulations.

By dropping the V2V requirement, the Trump administration would also repudiate another hallmark of the Obama administration, which put its support behind the talking car technology mandate in December 2016.

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