The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has just issued a press release about their latest proposed rule that would advance the deployment of connected Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology throughout the U.S. The notice of the proposed rulemaking would include V2V communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles. The implications of this advanced deployment in V2V technology could spell a reduction in collisions thanks to crash-avoidance applications and technology.
What is Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology?
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology help cars to communicate with other cars and traffic systems around them. The safety applications are greatly increased when vehicles can communicate with other vehicles and nearby traffic infrastructures. Cars will be able to transmit data from vehicle to vehicle about direction, speed, location and other potential safety issues. Vehicles will also be able to communicate with traffic infrastructures like traffic lights, work zones, and other traffic safety technologies.
Increasing Roadway Safety
At this time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that V2V and V2I applications could eliminate or mitigate the severity of up to 80 percent of non-impaired crashes, especially in crashes involving lane changing and intersections. In addition to increasing roadway safety by reducing the opportunity for human error, there’s also the chance for less traffic congestion and smoother rush hour traffic commutes.
Privacy in The Digital Age of V2V Technology
Officials with the U.S. DOT and the NHTSA are hoping that this advanced deployment of V2V and V2I technology will get the ball rolling on eliminating many preventable injuries causing and fatal crashes that occur each year. Since privacy has also become a very important topic, they’re quick to point out that these safety transmissions and communications don’t involve the exchange of information linked to individuals. In addition, they’re also proposing extensive privacy and security controls.
Preventable Car Accidents in San Diego
While full deployment and application of V2V and V2I technologies are still a long way off, the NHTSA and other traffic safety agencies are still reminding motorists to put down the phones and focus on the task of driving. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.