Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Systems Will Be Standard in 2016
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Aug 28, 2014 in Auto Accidents
Recent announcements from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal how emerging technologies can reduce traffic accidents and car crash deaths. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technologies, the agency reports, may eliminate more than 500,000 car crashes each year.
In particular, the federal agency announced that V2V communication systems such as Left Turn Assist (LTA) and Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) can help drivers identify blind spots, warn drivers about erratic drivers on the verge of running a red light and restore order to high traffic intersections.
The NHTSA's actual announcement is a proposed rule informing car manufacturers that the NHTSA will be regulating V2V communication systems and requiring their mandatory use in new vehicles after 2016. V2V communication systems allow cars to send information to other vehicles on the roads automatically.
Cars will exchange information about traffic conditions, positioning and speed. Though there are some privacy concerns, both the NHTSA and car manufacturers, such as Volvo have stated that private information will not be exchanged or shared between the cars.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the NHTSA conducted road tests with 3,000 vehicles equipped with V2V systems in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan. The results demonstrate that communication between cars and communication between cars and road sensors dramatically reduce the incidences of car accidents.
While self-driving cars are not yet ready for the market, V2V systems and V2X systems, which allow cars to communicate with traffic lights and road sensors, are the next generation of safety technologies aimed at reducing traffic fatalities.
Car manufacturers have the next two years to continue developing the vehicle communication systems and preparing to make them standard on all new vehicles after 2016.
California experiences significant car accident injuries and fatalities each year. Sacramento County residents who have been injured in car accidents should contact the Arnold Law Firms car accident lawyers at 916-924-3100.