DOT’s Plan for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued a press release regarding the advance notice of proposed rulemaking and supporting comprehensive research on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology. The implications of successful implementation of V2V technology are promising. If this technology can help drivers avoid crashes, lives can be saved. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. has been eagerly following the research and development stages of this technology, which could help save thousands of lives.

What is V2V Communication Technology?

Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology is basically a system which utilizes short-range communications between automobiles. This means that even if you don’t see it, your car will know if somebody starts to drift into your lane. These “Smart Cars” will alert drivers by issuing either audio or visual warning. In addition to V2V technology, there are also virtually endless applications for vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (V2I). This means that vehicles will also be able to collect data regarding effectiveness and operability. Traffic signs and signals and traffic flow could also be potentially communicated to vehicles, real time.

Following V2V Research and Progress

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. has been following the developing progress of V2V communication technology research closely. Last year, we reported on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) 3,000 vehicle research project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the first phase of this pilot program, data was even collected and evaluated from drivers in Alameda, California.

The Research

The NHTSA reports that initial research is incredibly promising for two safety applications in particular. They estimate that the “Left Turn Assist” (LTA) and “Intersection Movement Assist” (IMA) could potentially prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives each year. The LTA works by warning a driver not to turn left in front of a vehicle traveling in the opposing direction, and IMA warns a driver if it is not safe to enter into an intersection due to a high probability of collision. These are just two of the virtually limitless applications of V2V communication technologies.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is quick to point out that this technology could shift the current focus of helping people survive crashes to helping people avoid crashes. At this time, officials with the DOT and NHTSA are gathering input from the general public and stakeholders as they work to deliver a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by 2016.[/column]

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