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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: This is a must
By JediJeb on 2/4/2014 11:55:06 AM , Rating: 2
More seriously, this is like saying, "We'd never have any mistakes if people didn't make any mistakes." We don't live in a world where you can count on anywhere close to a majority of the people on the road being skilled drivers in well maintained vehicles. I live in a world where I can count on a good percentage of the people on the road to be grumpy, not paying attention, and unskilled. Also, and this is totally anecdotal, I've noticed that many people who consider themselves skilled drivers "make up for it" by driving much more aggressively/dangerously. Skill != safety. I'd consider adherence to standard rules of the road more important than skill.

Then what needs to happen is when someone does something stupid like texting when driving, drinking while driving, or just driving like an idiot, they lose their license for a year to begin with, second offense lose it forever. Or maybe just make traffic fines cost thousands of dollars. If stupid drivers never have to pay for their stupidity then they will always be stupid drivers.

In Finland they make all drivers go through three days of training and testing on a wet skid pad to prove they can control their vehicle in a skid and on low traction pavement before they are allowed to obtain a license, why not implement something like that here? My dad made me drive in mud and on snow before I ever even got my learners permit(lived on a farm so no parking lots handy, just fields and back roads). By the time I had my own vehicle at 18 I could drive in almost any road conditions. He also held me responsible for any damage to a vehicle, which taught me to pay attention and not wreck it. Now days most kids I see their parents just let the insurance take care of it if they bend one up, and not make the kids pay for their own insurance. Start them off right and when they see what it cost maybe they will be more careful.

But really, we do need to make it more difficult to get a drivers license because for me it was a written test that was easy and a quick drive around a few blocks in town, and it is pretty much the same still. We had a drivers safety class at work recently put on by out insurance company and most here who had been driving for many years could not even correctly answer the most simple questions. Most didn't know it was illegal to use the emergency lane to pass a car that was stopped to turn left, or which stripe was where your front bumper was supposed to be at a stoplight and which was for pedestrians, or that speed limits begin at the sign and not from where you can see the sign. Don't even begin to ask how many could not tell who has the right of way at an intersection!

RE: This is a must
By nafhan on 2/4/2014 2:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
I 100% agree with this. Driving is treated as a right rather than a privilege in the US, which is nuts.

I would add to your list that more testing for the elderly should be mandatory. I've seen some scary stuff involving half blind 80 year olds driving or towing bus sized Winnebagos.

RE: This is a must
By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/2014 7:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
My dad made me drive in mud and on snow before I ever even got my learners permit

You mean without a Government mandate?

Clearly you're lying sir. We can't have parents taking initiative and doing things like that on their own!!

But really, we do need to make it more difficult to get a drivers license

Pointless. Like any test, people will retain the knowledge/skills only as long as needed to pass. After that, they'll go back to their old habits and ways.

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