Gov’t 2 Require Connected Cars via V2V Tech to Avoid Crashes

intersectionWe may be driving more safely in the future when cars connect to each other. The U.S. government is looking into cars, buses and trucks communicate to each other and to the Department of Transportation to cut down on accidents, gas consumption and speeding.  After reviewing research, the government will work on laws to require vehicle data connections in future models.

It’s called Vehicle-to-Vehicle  communication in which vehicles talk to each other.  It’s sort of like data saying to your car, “I’m over here traveling a 30 mph and you’re going 25 mph, get ready for a fender bender,”  or “Watch out the drunk driving this car is going to run the stop sign!”U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that it start work on enabling. vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles.

To avoid accidents, the cars will exchange basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second.  Latest research from the Department of Transportation showed safety apps with using drivers under on the road and in tests in which vehicles can identify risks and give drivers alerts to avoid Common crash types such as rear-end, lane change, and intersection crashes. These apps only alert the driver and do not take over driving the car or operate the brakes.

NHTSA is looking at  V2V communication technology and the report will include analysis of

  • Technical feasibility.
  • Privacy and security.
  • Cost.
  • Safety.

Then the NHTSA it will work on legislation to require V2V devices in new vehicles in a future year. DOT would like the help pave the way for market penetration of V2V safety applications.

Other future applications of V2V could also include 360-degreel awareness to prevent additional crash situations such as passing on a two lane road where the opposing lane can not been seen. Another situation is when another car is at an intersection appears to be headed for a collision.   The cars can communicate to each other when the driver can’t see the full view. Another situation in the video below, shows when a driver fails to stop at an intersection (runs through a stop sign).There is also a left-turn assist operation shown in the video.

The NHTSA Definition of Connected Vehicle Safety Apps

Connected vehicle safety applications are designed to increase situational awareness and reduce or eliminate crashes through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data transmission that supports: driver advisories, driver warnings, and vehicle and/or infrastructure controls.

What do you think of voice over of the video, below. It sounds like a combination of the GPS Gal and Siri?  Let us know what you think in the comments below…