Vehicles may soon be able to “talk” to each other and avoid
potentially deadly San Diego crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed a rule that would require vehicle-to-vehicle
(V2V) communication on light vehicles.
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is one of the latest crash avoidance technologies
being tested on the road. It allows cars to "talk" to each other
by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times
per second. The hope is that the information exchanged between the vehicles
can help identify risks and provide drivers with warnings about potential
rear-end, lane change, and intersection crashes.
“We are carrying the ball as far as we can to realize the potential
of transportation technology to save lives,”
said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This long promised V2V rule is the next step in that progression.
Once deployed, V2V will provide 360-degree situational awareness on the
road and will help us enhance vehicle safety.”
The proposed rule mandates that automakers include V2V technologies in
all new light-duty vehicles. It would also require V2V devices to “speak
the same language” through standardized messaging developed with
industry. In a related initiative, the Federal Highway Administration
expects to issue guidance for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications.
The technology allows vehicles to “talk” to roadway infrastructure
such as traffic lights, stop signs and work zones.
According to NHTSA, V2V and V2I has the potential to prevent or mitigate
the severity of up to 80 percent of non-impaired crashes, including crashes
at intersections or while changing lanes. The agency notes that the technology
could be particularly valuable in certain high-risk situations, such as
when a driver needs to decide if it is safe to pass on a two-lane road
(potential head-on collision), make a left turn across the path of oncoming
traffic, or determine if a vehicle approaching an intersection appears
to be on a collision course. “In those situations, V2V communications
can detect developing threat situations hundreds of yards away, and often
in situations in which the driver and on-board sensors alone cannot detect
the threat,” NTSA explains.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in a San Diego motor
vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to contact
San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a
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