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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 Reclaimer77 on 3/14/2014 9:16:25 AM , Rating: 1
Somehow we've gotten on just fine without it so far.

The Government who couldn't even manage to get a website to function is going to mandate my personal vehicle be networked to everyone else's?

Just no, no thank you.

RE: We will eventually need this
By Mint on 3/14/2014 11:32:26 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, what does the gov't know about building and regulating transportation infrastructure?

RE: We will eventually need this
By illonexxx on 3/14/2014 12:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
You'd have to agree, Mint has a point. This is one of the few places where government has intervened and also has a clear constitutional <strike>right</strike> obligation to do so.

RE: We will eventually need this
By FITCamaro on 3/14/2014 12:30:59 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of roads are terribly designed so not a lot apparently.

And there's a big difference between physically building roads and the government designing, building, and deploying a system that is going to manage remotely driving our cars.

RE: We will eventually need this
By Omega215D on 3/14/2014 2:04:41 PM , Rating: 2
Just come to NYC/ Long Island area and you can see the proof of terribly thought out roads and highways. Grand Central and LIE interchange is the worst. Their constant modifications of the Belt Parkway made it a real boondoggle.

At least California highways are a little better thought out but there were still plenty of head scratchers.

RE: We will eventually need this
By Jeffk464 on 3/14/2014 5:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
You are aware that the government contracts about everything out right. So your beloved private sector will be the ones setting this stuff up.

RE: We will eventually need this
By sorry dog on 3/14/2014 1:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
Not as much as you think.

Usually it's hired private engineers to design and construction firms to build them. Without them, not near as much would get done.

RE: We will eventually need this
By BRB29 on 3/14/2014 12:38:24 PM , Rating: 2
Somehow we've gotten on just fine without it so far

You obviously have never lived in a large metropolitan before. Traffic is the #1 complaint and cause the most problems for people. You spend 2-3 hours a day in commute that you realize you pretty much only have time left to shower and sleep.

RE: We will eventually need this
By Jeffk464 on 3/14/2014 5:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
you could move closer to work, just saying you choose to sit in traffic for 2-3 hours

RE: We will eventually need this
By sorry dog on 3/14/2014 8:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
I would maybe consider that except then my kids would be zoned for a school where gangsta rap is considered part of the core curriculum.

RE: We will eventually need this
By atechfan on 3/14/2014 1:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
I thought you were completely in favour of stuffing technology into cars, and anyone who disagreed was a Luddite. Or is it only good when Google is doing it?

RE: We will eventually need this
By Jeffk464 on 3/14/2014 5:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
Anyways once this stuff is established and mass produced the price goes down and down.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/16/2014 10:59:12 AM , Rating: 2
Or is it only good when Google is doing it?

What technology is Google trying to force down my throat by mandate again?

Oh right, NONE! Stop trolling.

I'm fine with this technology, as long as it's NOT mandated by the Government. The forced mandate is where we as Americans should be drawing the line.

I don't live in a large metropolitan area with sucky traffic. Why should I have to pay for this and deal with this in my own car if I don't want it?

The automobile is dutifully following the country that made it so famous, straight into the goddamn toilet.

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