Cars that ‘talk’ to one another not far off

The goal is a car that can drive itself, leaving the occupants to while away their time texting, reading, grooming, talking on the cell phone — in short, all the things they do now that cause crashes and tragedy. The technology for a fully automated car will be on display in Orlando this fall, and supporters say it’s closer to reality than most might imagine. “That’s our long-term vision,” said Nady Boules, director of GM’s electrical-control integration laboratory in Warren, Mich. “Cars that drive themselves and, as such, cars that do not crash.”