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Vehicle to Vehicle Communications Mandated?

Smart Cars

Smart phones are everywhere these days. They store our personal information and track our locations; generally speaking we don’t mind these devices doing this, it offers us a lot of convenience. Do you need to find a post office, dry cleaner or have a craving for Thai food? Just whip out the old mobile device and ask Siri or Google and you’ll get the best options in your immediate vicinity. These gadgets save us time and money and help ensure greater quality in the products and services we use every day. So how is this technology going to help us in other areas of our lives? The answer is smart cars, and I don’t mean that really little car that we all laugh at on the road.

V2V Technology

So imagine a smart car that has the ability to know its exact location and the relative traffic in its vicinity. Okay, that’s cool but how will this information help? Well, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering a mandate for all future cars sold in the United States to have Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) technology. V2V technology will enable cars to understand their telemetrics based on GPS locations and speeds traveled and also those of the vehicles in its vicinity, even as far away as three car lengths. With this information the car will then be able to determine if an accident is eminent based on the closure rate of your car and another, or the amount of force being used to stop or slow the car in front of you.

The NHTSA was supposed to release their decision late 2013 but failed to do so, so we are expecting to hear more from them very shortly. The US Government Accountability Office has already stated they account for 2.2 million injuries and 32,000 deaths every year from vehicle accidents in the US and it is their opinion that the integration of V2V technology would help reduce those numbers. V2V communications are already on the road at this time, lots of manufacturers have been developing their own systems to try and perfect the technology. An example of this is seen in Google’s driverless car. If we see a mandate from NHTSA we will obviously see a real uptick in the research and development of this technology. Of course we should expect a considerable amount of time between their decisions, if affirmative, until all new cars will need to have a V2V system. According to an ABC News article it takes almost 20 years for the US fleet of vehicles to turn over, so we can also expect a lot of time before all cars on the road are talking to each other.

How Can Technology Help You?

Accident mitigation is best done with the increase of information. Does your company have the necessary systems and resources to know how and where your vehicles are being used? What systems are you using to help increase productivity and safety? A good fleet management system utilizing GPS technology can help your company do all of these things and it won’t drain your budget, in fact it will do the opposite. You can count on your company saving a lot more than just time with a good system. That’s right a positive ROI, and that’s something we all can enjoy in 2014.

Contact Driver Watch Systems today to learn about our systems and have one designed for your companies needs today, never an obligation to buy.

If you would like to read more about the GAO’s report on Intelligent Transportation Systems, simply click this link.

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