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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 arrandale on 2/4/2014 8:26:57 AM , Rating: 2
Speed limits were originally created to increase fuel economy during the oil embargo. That idea has since been co-opted as a way for municipal and local governments to make up for budget shortfalls. I find it interesting that speed limits have never really been about safety, yet that's the excuse used to keep them artificially low.


RE: Fitting
By Jeffk464 on 2/4/2014 11:26:34 AM , Rating: 2
No, they were lowered to 55 to increase mileage.


RE: Fitting
By JediJeb on 2/4/2014 2:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
Correct. Prior to the 1970s there were two lane back roads with speed limits up to 70mph at least. The 55mph speed limit was first put into place to combat the oil embargo in the 1970s then they came up with the slogan "55 saves lives" when gas prices fell just to keep it low.

Just the same bait and switch we often get from government. "The lottery will pay for schools" then a few years after we get the lottery "We need to raise property taxes to pay for the schools". So what happened to all that lottery money that was going to fix the schools?


RE: Fitting
By Rukkian on 2/4/2014 11:55:52 AM , Rating: 2
While the original intent of Speed limits may not have been for safety, are you going to tell me that people driving 90 mixed with people driving 50 would be a good thing? What about residential streets with people doing 65 down them?

While some may be arbitrarily low, I don't see how speed limits in general do not help increase safety.


RE: Fitting
By arrandale on 2/4/2014 5:07:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
While the original intent of Speed limits may not have been for safety, are you going to tell me that people driving 90 mixed with people driving 50 would be a good thing? What about residential streets with people doing 65 down them? While some may be arbitrarily low, I don't see how speed limits in general do not help increase safety.


Naturally I'm not going to tell you that any of those scenarios are safe. That's absurd. My point is, unnaturally low speed limits that are used to increase municipal revenue don't tend to increase safety. On surface roads changes in speed limits have been shown to have little impact on motorist's actual speeds. In fact, in some cases, lowering the speed limit actually increased accidents. (read more here: http://www.ibiblio.org/rdu/sl-irrel.html) Note that I'm not suggesting it would be a good idea to rid ourselves of speed limits entirely, just that they should be more reasonable considering the circumstances.


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