The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have released technology called vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and want to make sure every new car has it.
V2V communication systems have been approved and regulators promise increased safety, reduced accidents and eventually connected cars.
Anthony Foxx Transportation Secretary said “V2V technology could do for motorists in the coming years what seat belts did in the 1960s and airbags did a generation ago. V2V has the potential to help drivers avoid 70 to 80 percent of crashes that involve unimpaired drivers, The potential of this technology is absolutely enormous.”
The feds are preparing a uniform standard for all to follow.
The technology uses a dedicated short range radio network that allows vehicles to communicate with others up to 300 yards away. V2V would provide a 360-degree view of a vehicle’s surroundings, allowing the car to see what the driver can’t. This will allow cars to do things like, see around the curve ahead, or around traffic blocking our view.
Cars will also be communicating with traffic lights. V2V systems could recognize pedestrians by using their cellphone’s wireless signal and warning drivers.
NHTSA’s David Friedma claims “No personal information is being sent or received, Your personal information is completely not involved.”