Report: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Could Make New Cars, Trucks Costly
March 13, 2014 7:19 PM
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.
The Detroit News
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