The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an advance notice of proposed rule making, along with a report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology, that would allow cars to communicate with each other. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is the official call for public input to support the eventual requirement for V2V devices in all new light vehicles.
“Safety is our top priority, and V2V technology represents the next great advance in saving lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether – saving lives, saving money and even saving fuel thanks to the widespread benefits it offers.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “preliminary estimates of safety benefits that show two safety applications – Left Turn Assist (LTA) and Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) – could prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives saved per year.”
“By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to dramatically improve highway safety,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “V2V technology is ready to move toward implementation and this report highlights the work NHTSA and DOT are doing to bring this technology and its great safety benefits into the nation’s light vehicle fleet.”
Mandatory V2V communications, along with vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, are thought to be one of the steps toward cars that could either drive themselves, or operate for long periods of time with minimal driver interaction.