The U.S. Department of Transportation said it would allow the progressive introduction of new technologies that permit automatic vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications capable of alerting drivers to the possible dangers of an accident.

This first step will enable vehicles to share information about location and speed in order to apprise drivers about the risk of a collision on the highway.

"Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements," Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

This technology, which analyzes speed and position data flowing from nearby vehicles, will be the key to avoiding many typical types of road accidents, such as rear-end, lane-change and intersection crashes, the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Safety Administration, or NHTSA, said.

This new technology will initially help warn the driver, but is not conceived to automatically take control of the vehicle, turn the steering wheel or hit the brakes.

In the future, however, the NHTSA considers widening the use of sensors to activate automatic safety measures, which could eventually take control of operating the vehicle.

The Department of Transportation said that V2V technology will not compromise the privacy of the driver, nor will it allow authorities to spy on the the vehicle's route or track its whereabouts, since the information sent vehicle-to-vehicle is anonymous. EFE