NHTSA Proposes New Rules For V2V Communication
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 27, 2014 in Auto Accidents
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems will be required in all future cars based on recent rules proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The date at which the technology will be mandatory in new cars has not been announced.
Car manufacturers are already rapidly developing and installing vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies. Companies such as Volvo have begun to develop and implement this technology in new vehicles.
Car manufacturers are using various alert systems to communicate with drivers. Some automobile companies, such as Honda and Nissan are using icons or lights in the dashboard to warn the driver. Other car companies such as Hyundai and Toyota are relying on computer messages that tell a driver Do Not Pass or Slow Down. Still other companies use a combination of verbal warnings and imaging methods to warn drivers.
The NHTSA is particularly concerned with reducing accidents at intersections. V2V communication technologies will be able to anticipate collisions at intersections and take steps to reduce them. By using Left Turn Assist (LTA) and Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) V2V technologies could save thousands of lives each year and prevent over 550,000 accidents.
The cost of V2V technologies is expected to be minimal. For a new car, the NHTSA estimates that the cost of the vehicle would go up about $300-$400.
New Consumer Reports have demonstrated how the technology can assist drivers identify and avoid blind spots. Additionally, indicators on dashboards warn drivers about other drivers and dangerous traffic conditions.
The new safety communication technologies can communicate with other cars on the road and alert unsuspecting drivers to potential accidents. For instance, if a car is approaching an intersection where another vehicle is likely to run a red light, the driver will have access to this information and can take steps to avoid the accident. At a minimum, by braking earlier, drivers at such intersections will be able to reduce the severity of an accident.
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