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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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Deficit of trust
By NellyFromMA on 7/16/2014 8:58:28 AM , Rating: 2
It seems that if Obama, or any future President or Congressman/Congresswoman wants to propose mandatory integration of technology where it previously had not been that can collect and emit data, it should promise not to abuse those means for spying or any other purpose, without warrant.

The trust deficit in this regard between the population and the administration is extremely high, it seems if he wants to push this he needs to concede those points.

Now that the public is somewhat more informed about the double-edged sword of internet-enabled technology, we should really demand our rights be respected at the forefront as opposed to having to fight an established status quo after-the-fact.

In fact, aren't there already incidents of car accidents with OnStar or similar systems where hi-jacking of the cars computer was a possibility due to circumstance of the accident and who was involved?

I'm going to have to take a pessimistic approach on any topics going forward regarding internet-enabled technology with regard to privacy going forward. If the government wants to mandate these types of tech as a requirement in our lives, it should also bear the responsibility of ensuring that it will not repeat past violations of our privacy, and we should have a means of ensuring it ourselves.

RE: Deficit of trust
By wookie1 on 7/16/2014 12:23:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, promise that to us, just like "if you like your plan you can keep your plan" or "the health care plan won't add one penny to the defecit", or "read my new taxes". No thank you, I'd rather not put myself in a position to rely on a promise from a politician.

RE: Deficit of trust
By Solandri on 7/16/2014 12:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
In fact, aren't there already incidents of car accidents with OnStar or similar systems where hi-jacking of the cars computer was a possibility due to circumstance of the accident and who was involved?

Dunno about hijackings, but OnStar is used pretty frequently by police to stop car thieves who lead them on car chases.

I don't have a problem with the concept per se, but giving the government that kind of control over every car is really troubling. You can't appraise these things based on the assumption of the current or benevolent government. You have to think about what could happen if the government should become corrupt (or moreso than it already is). This is the public debate that needs to happen before this technology is implemented, but that debate is not happening.

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