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The report said V2V "will increase the cost of a new car that, on average, cost almost $31,000 in 2013"

While vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication is seen as a potentially life-saving technology (which happens to be gaining traction, thanks to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA), some worry what the costs to implement V2V will mean for the auto industry and consumers. 

A new report from The Detroit News raises some questions on the topic, saying that V2V will add weight and higher costs to future cars and trucks. 

The extra weight is problematic because fuel standards are tightening, and that weight won't help autos meet such regulations. In August 2012, the White House finalized the long-discussed 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency standards, which will boost fuel economy in cars and light trucks by the year 2025. 

Aside from weight, the report said V2V "will increase the cost of a new car that, on average, cost almost $31,000 in 2013." That's in addition to the estimated extra $3,000 added to the cost of a new car or truck by the year 2025 thanks to the fuel regulations. 

The Detroit News went on to say that V2V regulation may not be necessary since the auto technologies we have today, such as lane assist and blind-spot warnings, are enough to warn us of impending accidents.

In other words, the government is forcing a technology that not everyone will want or maybe even need. 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. 

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. 

V2V communications allow cars and trucks to "talk" with one another and their surroundings. 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. 

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 Detroit News report mentioned other potential V2V issues, such as the government's ability to handle the extra infrastructure and hacking. 

Last month, the NHTSA said it wanted to put V2V in all future cars and trucks. Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx wants to have new regulations ready by January 2017. 

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: We will eventually need this
By gamerk2 on 3/14/2014 8:45:46 AM , Rating: 2
I view V2V as the wrong approach though; I'd rather have centralized servers, so you don't have to have the cars doing that much processing; too much to go wrong letting each vendor use a different implementation of the same tech. Since you then only need a simple output signal to announce the vehicles presence, cost becomes a LOT lower, since you only need to transmit, not receive.

RE: We will eventually need this
By Piiman on 3/15/2014 9:15:08 AM , Rating: 2
"too much to go wrong letting each vendor use a different implementation of the same tech. - "

Obviously it would have a standard.

RE: We will eventually need this
By Piiman on 3/15/2014 9:16:39 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the since it would be installed during the car manufacturing process there would only be a few suppliers.

RE: We will eventually need this
By sorry dog on 3/15/2014 11:00:05 AM , Rating: 3
all of which will make it easier to hack or modify.

Which is fortunate, because if this comes to pass I will be looking for a way to install an on/off switch. No doubt laws will be passed to discourage that.

Things like this hurt consumer choice because it becomes so expensive to bring a particular model to market, that you must sell at least 100,000 a year to make it profitable. There are already far less niche models and makes compared to 20 years ago.

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