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Staying connected while remaining safe on the road

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Albany/HV: Staying connected while remaining safe on the road
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Connected car technology is a big deal. In this edition of Car Coach, YNN's Lauren Fix, tells us more about the latest in driving safely and staying connected.

The connected car is not something of the future, it is something happening today. I was able to go to Volvo and learn about their Connected Car technology and the benefits that make you a safer driver on the road. Let’s take a closer look.

Enabling vehicles to communicate with each other and with the traffic environment opens up fantastic possibilities, whereby vital information can be shared and exchanged, creating a more comfortable and safer drive. Here are some current car technologies available.

Weather and Road Condition Information issues a warning about local bad weather such as heavy rain, snowfall or icy roads. It is also possible to transmit information about local icy or slippery road patches from one car to other vehicles.

Emergency Vehicle Warning alerts the driver to the presence of nearby emergency vehicles, allowing him or her to create free passage well in advance and without being taken by surprise.

Road Works Warning alerts the driver to road works. The system can also keep the driver informed about the remaining distance before the end of a long road work zone.

Connected car technology is big news. Auto makers believe that connectivity will help reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on U.S. highways.

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