Today, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposed rule that would require all automakers to equip light-duty cars and trucks with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications equipment. The equipment would have to follow communication standards in order to ensure compatibility between vehicles and infrastructure.
Talking Cars Will Be Available On 2023, U.S. Department Of Transportation Said
According to Jalopnik, the U.S. Department Of Transportation and automakers have been testing the concept of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication for years. Today the agency said it’s getting serious about having cars talk to each other for safety, and has proposed specific rules and methods that would force automakers to load vehicles with this tech on all new vehicles by 2023.
Fourteen years in the making, the guidelines would require automakers to begin rolling out vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) systems in half of the new cars, trucks, and crossovers they build, starting around the 2020 model year, with the technology to be required in all new vehicles two years later. NBC reported that V2V will allows vehicles to "talk" to one another, sharing their location, speed, and direction. It would also provide a 360-degree awareness to all.
Accidents Could be Avoided With V2V
DOT believes V2V technology has the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes each year, as per AutoBlog. Such technology could be used to warn drivers of vehicles that they don't see, such as when making a left turn or trying to overtake on a two-lane highway. It could also reduce crashes by supplementing semi-autonomous technologies like automatic emergency braking with more information.
"It has been estimated that up to 80 percent of non-impaired collisions could be avoided or mitigated to reduce injuries" with the widespread use of V2V technology, said Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx, who also said the Department of Transportation will now consider the possibility of requiring V2V systems on commercial trucks, as well. Anthony Renard Foxx is an American politician currently serving as the United States Secretary of Transportation, a position he has held since 2013. Previously, he served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.