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Ford Previews 'Talking Cars' In Advance Of Auto Show

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By Courtney Collins

Technology experts from Ford Motor Company are showing off their talking cars in advance of the Washington Auto Show, opening Friday.

They say the new systems would make metro-area roads safer.

The sound of the vehicle alert system would get anybody's attention. Throw in some flashing LED lights, and you have Ford's new intelligent vehicle system.

It warns drivers about vehicles in their blind spots, stalled trucks and fast-braking cars ahead.

"It's 360-degree coverage. It's really meant for your car to have an extra pair of eyes and see what's going on around you," says Technical Leader Mike Shulman.

Shulman says were only five to 10 years away from being able to walk into a showroom and buy a talking car.

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