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The Obama administration hopes to have a V2V proposal put forth by 2017

Although we don’t have an exact date for when it will become mandatory, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology will inevitably be found on all new cars and trucks. V2V technology allows vehicles to not only wirelessly communicate with each other (broadcasting information such as position, speed, etc.), but also with their surroundings in order to reduce the number of traffic accidents and road fatalities/injuries.
"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," remarked U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx back in February. "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."
Now, President Barack Obama is throwing his weight behind V2V technology. In a speech delivered this morning at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, President Obama stated that V2V technology could:
  • Reduce up to 80 percent of the 32,000 road deaths each year in America
  • Significantly reduce the 2 million non-fatal injuries
  • Save society $800 billion annually in costs
President Obama reminded audience members that he is not just the Commander-in-Chief, but he is also a father of two. “As the father of a daughter who just turned 16, any new technology that makes driving safer is important to me,” said Obama. “New technology that makes driving smarter is good for the economy.”
V2V technology has a number of backers, including major automakers like Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Toyota, Nissan, and Volkswagen. These automakers are working alongside the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to research real-world applications of the technology and to provide guidance for legislation. In fact, the Obama administration hopes to reveal its proposal for a V2V mandate before the next administration takes office.

 Vehicle-to-Vehicle technology would allow cars and trucks to communicate with each other wirelessly.

However, not everyone is onboard with V2V technology. The Detroit News reported back in March that it could add up to $3,000 to the cost of a new car by the year 2025. In addition, many feel that such technology should be optional instead of mandated (although that would significantly cut down on its effectiveness and the President’s goals for reducing fatalities).
Others point to the fact that many technologies already available in cars today like blind spot/lane departure monitors, frontal collision detection, and radar/laser cruise control systems (which in some instance can “drive” a vehicle during stop-and-go traffic) already do enough to help prevent accidents.

Source: The Detroit News

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V2V = Instant Spying
By deltaend on 7/15/2014 3:16:33 PM , Rating: 1
Of course Obama is all for this. Anything that can give his spying initiatives more power is a win for him. Police will invariably use this technology to track cars, shut them down remotely, or even control them to drive their vehicle directly to the impound lot with the user locked inside.

I am all for V2V as long as they are only mandated while operating the vehicle inside of major cities or rush hour. This would help control congestion and assist people getting to their destination. Outside of major cities and outside of congested traffic though, I find it appalling that it would be mandated to be on.

RE: V2V = Instant Spying
By Labotomizer on 7/15/2014 4:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
When you're in your vehicle you're in public. I'm not sure why you think your car is a private environment.

Don't get me wrong, I don't like this being a government mandated initiative because that leads to it being controlled by a government. But you can't expect privacy when in public.

RE: V2V = Instant Spying
By wookie1 on 7/15/2014 5:30:24 PM , Rating: 2
He raised two concerns, one privacy, and the other control. My car is my property. Why should someone else get to control it? They'll say "we only control other cars to prevent collisions and keep everyone safe" and then you'll find that your car strangely dies when you're on the way to vote if you're registered in the party not in power. Hmm, don't know what happened there, must've been mechanical issues (in Arizona, you register to vote through the Motor Vehicle Division). Any records of car shutdowns will unfortunately have been stored on a hard drive that crashed, sorry about that.

RE: V2V = Instant Spying
By Labotomizer on 7/16/2014 2:32:46 PM , Rating: 2
He raised two concerns. I responded to one. The tech exists today for you to remotely shutdown a car's electrical system. V2V communication might make that easier but preventing the tech won't stop it from happening.

RE: V2V = Instant Spying
By wookie1 on 7/15/2014 5:37:18 PM , Rating: 2
Once you give in to them being mandated, you no longer have control over when/where they are mandated. It will be done based on political reasons, whatever provides the largest political advantage to those that control your car.

How would it assist people in such a way to reduce traffic? My first thought is that the vehicle speed would be governed so you'd be stuck driving at the ridiculous speed limits that we have instead of the 7mph over that everyone drives now (or more on the freeway). Maybe the controllers would tell you that you've used your driving allotment for the week, and now you need to stay home today, or control what hours you're allowed to drive.

RE: V2V = Instant Spying
By deltaend on 7/15/2014 9:06:08 PM , Rating: 2
"You have one point left on your license."

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