Near-Field Communication Coming to Cars of the Future

New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi talks to Alex Goldmark of WNYC's Transportation Nation about the future of technology and transportation.

In the transportation nation of the future, what are the goals, the hopes and the dreams? What are we going to be seeing?

We're going to be seeing a world where things talk to each other and make a lot of the decisions faster and quicker than we humans ever could. We're going to have cars that are speaking on these basically shortwave radio conversations with the stoplight saying "Hey, I'm coming up here." That's going to be talking to the train coming down the way and saying "Hold on." The car may even know how to break ahead of time. The car might even realize that the cars ahead of it are breaking around a corner and suggest to you with your built-in GPS that you should take a different route. This is all called near-field communication. The Department of Transportation of the U.S., the federal Department of Transportation is investing some big money into tests. There's a town in Michigan — Ann Arbor, the college town — where they've already outfitted 3,000 cars to drive around and they're just testing and seeing what happens when cars can talk to each other. And the generation after that is the cars might actually start to break and accelerate, or just suggest that you break or accelerate based on what all these other moving machines are telling them is happening around them.