Technology does everything now. It turns your lights on, it tells you where your kid’s baseball tryouts are, there’s even a new app that gives you points for throwing your phone as high as you can in the air and catching it; I’m serious, look it up. Technology being utilized in automobiles is nothing new, but the U.S. Department of Transportation thinks that connected vehicles could be a revolutionary way to improve safety and mobility on our roadways.
Some of the world’s most preeminent car companies are currently collaborating with the Department of Transportation on research that could use wireless technology as a way to link vehicles together while driving. There hope is that vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications may soon be able to alert motorists to issues such as hazardous road conditions, dangerous obstacles approaching, and impending collisions with other cars. Additionally, connected vehicles will also be able to send and receive input from traffic signs, lights, work zones, toll booths, school zones, and various other types of roadway infrastructure.
According to an analyses recently conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, connected vehicles may have the potential to address 80% of traffic accident scenarios that don’t involve an impaired driver. That means that if this equipment is implemented on future vehicles, it prevent thousands of routine accidents, and monitor things that are too far ahead for even attentive drivers to foresee. Perhaps the most enticing of all the prospects is the fact that this technology could communicate well enough to establish standard following distances between vehicles, allowing traffic to flow more smoothly and lessening the number of unnecessary stops. With an estimated 3.9 billion gallows of wasted fuel recorded in 2009, less stop and go traffic could significantly increase a vehicle’s miles per gallon, saving families hundreds of dollars a year in gas. (SaferCar; Connected Vehicles)
While the technology is still being tested, many officials are being very clear in their belief that connected vehicles should be viewed as a supplement to an already attentive approach to driving, not as its replacement. There will always be a few dangerous and unsafe drivers on the road, and no amount of technology will be able to mitigate this fact. Who knows what the future of automotive technology may bring, or how soon it will get here, but one thing we do know is that practicing safe and defensive driving will always reduce your chances of getting into an accident.
Our lawyers have spent more than 20 years representing the victims of negligent and reckless drivers, and unfortunately, drivers are not always as attentive as they should be. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Whether you are ready to file suit or you are evaluating your options, our lawyers are always available for a free consultation.