V2V technology Let’s Cars Talk To Each Other
Cars talking to each other? Yeah it might be a thing. The U.S. Department of Transportation and many automakers have been testing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication for a couple of years. Well first, what does V2V mean? The idea is that cars would be able to warn other cars about hazards on the road. So basically a really big and smart blind-spot alert system,
The proposal on the NHTSA website is very detailed about what exactly the proposal is for implementing this technology. In layman’s terms, code would work with GPS data to make this technology work. The government is hoping to have a set of regulations in place by 2019 and start phasing these new vehicles into use by consumers by 2021. Finally, a “final rule” would have every new car be built equipped with a V2V system.
The point of this system is to dramatically reduce the number of accidents and fatalities that happen on the road. They want to make the roads safer for everyone. V2V technology would eventually work parallely to V2I or vehicle-to-infrastructure technology that would allow traffic lights and intersections to warn you what is ahead on your route. Some auto manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz are using V2V technology that is proprietary already. However, the government wants all cars to talk to each other, which is why they are looking towards standardization.
Some critics of this idea are worried about personal information being exchanges, but the NHTSA claims that this can’t happen with V2V technology they are implementing. According to the press release, ” V2V technology does not involve the exchange of information linked to or, as a practical matter, linkable to an individual, and the rule would require extensive privacy and security controls in any V2V devices.”
The USDOT sats broadcasts through the system would be updated up to 10 times per second from one vehicle to every other vehicle within range (about 300 meters). The system would tie in to automatic braking systems and adaptive cruise control systems to create one system that works together.
The NHTSA says that their research indicates that the V2V and V2I technology systems could help, “eliminate or mitigate the severity of up to 80 percent of non-impaired crashes, including crashes at intersections or while changing lanes.” The cost of saving lives, and eventually saving money will be put on the consumers. The government expects initial costs to be between $250 and $350 per car for the V2V technology.
Source: NHTSA, Jalopnik
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