The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it is in the planning stages for new rules that support V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) connected cars. It also released a long feasibility study with a request for public comments.
The department eventually will require V2V devices in light vehicles.
The report is looking into technology that could prevent close to 600K crashes and save over one-thousand lives per year
- Left Turn Assist (LTA) – warns drivers not to turn left in front of another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
- Intersection Movement Assist (IMA)- warns drivers when is not safe to enter an intersection due to a high probability of colliding other cars or trucks.
Other types of technology suggested are forward collision, blind spot, do not pass, and stop light/stop sign warnings. The news release sates that V2V can be combined other safety features for more kinds of crash avoidance and improve traffic flow.
Components of a V2V system include GPS DSRC antennae, GPS receiver, Dedicated Short Range Communications radio, Driver-vehicle interface, memory storage, control unit and internal vehicle communication network.
NHSTA notes that V2V technology does not require collecting or exchanging personal information or tracking drivers or their vehicles. The data collected does not identify cars and does not exchange personal information.
The huge report includes some good illustrations of V2V technologies that are shown above. Earlier this year NHTSA announced the requirement for rear view cameras.
Read the report here.