In order to improve traffic safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently proposed a rule to require all automakers to equip light-duty vehicles with vehicle-to-vehicle communications equipment. With the development of new technologies and a recent interest in driverless cars, technology that allows cars to communicate with one another is another step towards safer roads.
The proposed rule has not yet gone into effect, and the DOT is taking comments on their website for 90 days before going into effect. If the rule goes into effect, it won’t begin until 2019. The regulations would phase in in 2021, and automakers would be expected to be compliant by 2023.
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology has a lot of potential upsides. With several recent technologies that use sensors to detect nearby vehicles and control steering and braking inputs to avoid collisions, V2V has the potential to take automotive safety to new heights. The V2V equipment would be able to communicate vehicle speed, direction of travel, and potentially even driver inputs or vehicle statuses to help prevent collisions. Information will be secured and none of it will include personal information.
The DOT’s proposed rule will help to develop a standardized method of communication between cars. The rule does not require manufacturers to develop safety features that use the V2V equipment – although those features will most likely follow as selling points for automobiles with the V2V equipment. V2V equipment is expected to add around $350 to the price of all new vehicles in 2020.
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