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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 sorry dog on 3/14/2014 1:38:12 PM , Rating: 2
young kids, elderly, incompetents, sky-watchers, daydreamers, people so fat their foot stays on their brake while they use the gas pedal, crazies, foreigners who never drove a car in their life until recently moving to America, women drivers... asian women drivers (my asian friends tell me these are the WORST and to watch out for them), cabbies, shuttles, buses, truck drivers, pizza delivery guys, bicyclists, motocycle suicide bikers, texters, drive-it-like-you-stole-it proponents, turbo spoolers at 12 mph (see car through house), cautious paranoids... and more! (Apologies if I left out any sterotypes--I'm trying to be as un-PC as possible while proving a point).

Well, I've spend sometime in your I-20/75/85/285 paradise and if your trying to be UN-pc - then you left out Hood Rats in hoopties, Segal wanna-be cops, Jesse James wannabe harley bikers, clueless texting teenage girls, wal-mart dwelling rebel flag waving rednecks, mexicans that are illegal in Mexico too, left lane hogging 6 offspring soccer moms, maybe once attractive but now walking skeleton methheads, and to cover everybody else... all those that participate in the daily running of the Atlanta 285 race... where the cops don't bother to fight through the 80 cars glued to your ass unless your at triple digits and maybe not even then.

Gotta say that you're right....Atlanta is the worst. I wish I had videos of wu-tang weekend motorcycle club that needs 3 lanes of worth of swerving to maintain their un-synchronized wheelies or the mexican Cheby with all windows (including windshield) airbrushed and proceeding to dispose of their single wide grade living room suite on I-20 which pretty much then disintegrates into a million splinters as 80mph.

RE: We will eventually need this
By MrBlastman on 3/14/2014 1:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
Haha! A fellow survivor of the blackened southern rivers of despair--well said, sir. :)

RE: We will eventually need this
By Omega215D on 3/14/2014 2:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
Those hood rats on bikes are the worst and make things bad for the rest of us.

RE: We will eventually need this
By Jeffk464 on 3/14/2014 5:26:32 PM , Rating: 2
mexicans that are illegal in Mexico

Legality is a lot more flexible in Mexico.

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