The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to “talk” to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second. This V2V technology is considered to be the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the achievements already seen with safety belts and air bags. The DOT estimates that V2V communication could prevent up to 80 percent of auto accidents that don’t involve drunk drivers or mechanical failure.
Here’s an example of how V2V technology works: If the car in front of you quickly applied their brakes, an electronic signal would be sent to your car, giving you the ability to react immediately. Many times, drivers are distracted and don’t react as quickly as they should. V2V technology would reduce the chances of you plowing into the car in front of you.
Additional applications could be added to this technology including, Left Turn Assist (LTA) AND Intersection Movement Assist (IMA). LTA warns drivers not to turn left in front of another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction and IMA warns them if it is not safe to enter an intersection due to a high probability of colliding with one or more vehicles. According to NHTSA, this technology could help avoid 80% of car crashes.
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