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Today's decision by the NHTSA marks a transition from V2V research to taking the next steps toward actual implementation in new vehicles

It's been decided that vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, which allow cars and trucks to "talk" with one another and their surroundings, will move from just research to actual implementation thanks to a recent approval. 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to put V2V technology in all new cars and trucks as a way of avoiding traffic accidents and fatalities. For example, your car could let you know that another vehicle ahead is about to blow through a stop sign in an attempt to avoid a crash.

Research regarding V2V communications has been ongoing for quite some time now. Ten major automakers and technology companies have been working with NHTSA’s Connected Vehicle Research Program since 2012 in a V2V pilot study in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for example.

But today's decision by the NHTSA marks a transition from V2V research to taking the next steps toward actual implementation in new vehicles.

Automakers like Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota have all started developing some type of V2V technology, but NHTSA's new push for making such technology required in new vehicles will likely put forward some sort of standard to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that vehicles from different automakers can communicate with one another effectively. 

Automakers have voiced concerns in the past regarding V2V communications, saying that such technology could add thousands of dollars to the price tags of new vehicles, making them more difficult to sell. 

But the overall sentiment is that the technology can save lives. According to DOT, V2V could prevent 70 to 80 percent of vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers, which could help prevent thousands of deaths and injuries on U.S. roads annually.

The tech uses a 360-degree view of a vehicle’s surroundings, allowing the car to detect what the driver cannot. A dedicated short range radio network is also used to allow vehicles to communicate with each other up to 300 yards away. 

"Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the life-saving achievements we've already seen with safety belts and air bags," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "By helping drivers avoid crashes, this technology will play a key role in improving the way people get where they need to go while ensuring that the U.S. remains the leader in the global automotive industry."

The DOT and NHTSA have not yet set forth an exact date for when vehicles will be required to implement V2V technology. 

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

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RE: Fitting
By rdhood on 2/3/2014 5:50:09 PM , Rating: 5
and have remote access to your car.

This. Another report came out today stating that the police want the ability to be able to remotely disable your vehicle (like during a chase).

While the idea of v2v communications has all kinds of positives, it also has a LOT of abuse potential. I can see criminals remotely stopping cars to rob them. I can see a multitude of hacks for people to stop cars to gain an advantage in traffic, or to take revenge (takes road rage to a new level). Remind me again, which systems has the government built or specified that are unhackable?

RE: Fitting
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2014 7:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
Power and control.

Put all these technologies together with the self driving car, what do you get?

Personal Government monitoring stations on four wheels. No independence, no freedoms, no anonymity.

RE: Fitting
By Murloc on 2/4/2014 9:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
derp do your realize that most people in the world don't own a car?
In the big cities many people don't own a car and rely on bicycles and public transport.

They don't even have a car, so according to your logic they must be prisoners or something.

RE: Fitting
By Nutzo on 2/4/2014 11:05:31 AM , Rating: 2
In a way they are.

If there is any major civil unrest or a natural disaster, the government can simply shut down the public transportation.

RE: Fitting
By Schrag4 on 2/4/2014 2:34:28 PM , Rating: 2
NHTSA implies we're talking about the US. Yes, in very dense cities, many do not have cars. However, the vast majority of people in the US need a car.

This is a recurring theme in my posts and the posts of others. If you live in NYC, you should get out of the city once in a while. Most of the US is not like NYC. There actually are reasons why people outside of NYC do what they do.

RE: Fitting
By nafhan on 2/4/2014 2:55:51 PM , Rating: 2
which systems has the government built or specified that are unhackable?
I'm curious if you feel like there's a "system" (computer or not) that anyone has built ever, that's unhackable.

RE: Fitting
By RapidDissent on 2/4/2014 3:59:33 PM , Rating: 2
In a world where every new iPhone is hacked in one day and all website security is breachable, I don't think we'll have too long to wait before a slow updating automotive standard is hacked and open to the world.

Think how much chaos you could make just by forcing a handful of cars to come to a complete stop on a couple Los Angeles freeways on Monday morning.

The NHTSA needs to watch Surrogates. Seems pretty relevant.

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