Someday your car will be so much more intelligent, thanks to connected vehicle technology promoted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, otherwise known as Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Technology. In a recent press release, the NHTSA made its intentions clear: it will propose rule making for extensive research on V2V communication technology.
The motivation behind the research into connected vehicle tech is safety, plain and simple. Of course the main question that comes to everyone’s mind when it comes to connected vehicle technology is whether or not it will reduce accidents. There are simply too many injuries, fatalities, and occurrences of property damage each day.
Fortunately, estimates state that 1,083 lives and 592,000 crashes could be prevented annually. Advance warning is a huge potential way to save people from half of the types of crashes that occur. This would be accomplished through warnings for conditions like turning in front of another vehicle and entering an intersection at an unsafe time. Eventually drivers will be warned about all types of imminent danger.
Connected Vehicle Technology Explained
Connected vehicle technology connects vehicles to each other while driving. The benefits of this innovation are not difficult to understand. That said, this technology is not just about drivers receiving traffic information and warnings about impending danger; they can also simply communicate with one another, as well as personal devices and traffic infrastructure.
Below is a list of the different ways this technology can be applied to the everyday life of the American driver:
● Information: Real-time data on traffic congestion.
● Mobile: Every vehicle using a traffic system will be connected to other vehicles.
● Safety: Drivers have limited visibility, but technology can improve that visibility to ensure that no detail is out of sight, and create warnings when danger approaches.
Communities are already planning how to connect cars to achieve the myriad of benefits possible with V2V technology. In fact, IBM recently conducted an extensive test in Eindhoven, a Netherlands city. This test put into practice the sharing of information between cars, including location, acceleration, and braking data. This data will be used in the future for analysis by a central traffic authority, leading to the faster resolution of issues on the road.
The reduction of emissions is a new benefit of connected car technology being explored by the U.S. government. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America recently released a report that stated a 2-4% reduction in the consumption of oil was possible. The timeline for this percentage was approximately a decade. Also, the study does not simply refer to the connected vehicle technology being currently pursued by the NHTSA, but all types of emerging transportation technology.
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