Japan, always a few steps ahead of us in the technology department, is currently developing a new smart-road technology that would alert drivers to upcoming hazards and keep the island countries roads a bit safer. The Driving Safety Support System (DSSS), due to begin testing in Tokyo later this year, is a system that uses two-way communication devices set up above busy roadways that tells cars of things such as pedestrians crossing at a left-hand turn or upcoming merging traffic. With infrared beacons checking out potential blind spots, drivers will know whether or not it's safe to take that turn in a powerslide or not. Of course, the success of this system all depends on how many vehicles come equipped with receivers set to interact with this system, future studies are being planned on how to make the system more universal.
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