Cars Talking

Saving tens of thousands of lives every year should be considered a noble pursuit by anyone, not to mention the millions that can be saved by vehicle owners from expensive repairs and medical expenses due to minor road collisions.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has decided to take up this challenge. They have suggested a rule that all vehicles sold within the US have V2V communication technology within 5 years.

Cars, trucks, and SUVs would rely on short-range communication systems that exchange basic information with each other.

They feel this has great potential to reduce road crashes if implemented as soon as possible because vehicles can “talk” to each other. They can share location information, speed, braking capabilities and much more.

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary, says they are trying to push the ball as far as it can go to make this advancement in vehicles possible sooner rather than later.

Additionally he states: “Once deployed, V2V will provide 360-degree situational awareness on the road and will help us enhance vehicle safety.”

DOT expects this new system to use a common set of communications protocols, which allows vehicles to “speak the same language”.

The technology would work with automatic emergency braking or automated crash avoidance features, adaptive cruise control, advanced warning systems, and similar features currently being added to vehicles to prevent crashes and other road related problems.

Mr. Foxx also indicated that there will be security and privacy safe guards by using 128-bit encryption on all transmitted data between vehicles.

This new rule proposal follows the DOTs Policy for Autonomous Vehicles announcement in September of 2016, where for the first time they have moved towards public support for autonomous technologies.

US Dot also plans to provide guidance on Vehicle-to-infrastructure systems which will allow vehicles to talk to traffic lights, roadways, road signs, and more.

Delphi and similar companies will gain big from this. They are already putting this technology into 2017 Cadillacs.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and U.S. Federal Communication Commission is already testing the viability of this technology.

Over 35000 people died last year from crashes, which is a 10% increase from the previous year. These number do not include the tens of thousands of injuries to drivers, passengers,  and pedestrians. Advancements like this should be able to eliminate this problem within 10 years.

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