V2V Communication Technologies Promise Improved Safety on U.S. Roadways

In this day and age, the rapidity of technological advancement is changing the way we live on a daily basis. Many of the things that were dismissed as the stuff of comic book science fiction a few decades ago are now partially, or completely possible; one such technology is Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communication, often generalized as “talking cars.” Scientists, engineers, and researchers have been in the process of developing V2V communication systems for many years, and we still have a ways to go before regulators and manufacturers are ready to implement these innovations on a standard basis, but in the mean-time here is a synopsis of what consumers have to look forward to. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

How V2V Works:
The term “talking cars,” refers to technological communication systems that enable automobiles to send and receive pertinent safety information while driving (car-to-car, as well as communicating with traffic signals and other components of roadway infrastructures). The U.S. Department of Transportation, in collaboration with many of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, plan to utilize Wi-Fi-like wireless technology to notify motorists about potential safety concerns such as adverse roadway conditions or impending collisions, allowing them to take necessary precautions or corrective actions. Connected vehicles will use Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), signals which are secure, reliable, and unlikely to be subject to interference.

Improvements to Driver Safety:
Research from the Department of Transportation have shown that the widespread use of V2V technology has the potential to prevent roughly 80% of all motor vehicle accident scenarios involving non-impaired drivers. Specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that these communication systems will aid in the prevention of the most common types of real-world crashes, like car accidents at intersections or during lane changes.

Safety Pilot:
Currently, a two-phase Safety Pilot program led by the NHTSA and RITA is examining the real-world applications of V2V technology. This study hopes to lay the groundwork for our future understanding of what the use of this technology could mean to a large community. Once this program is completed, safety agencies believe they will have enough data to decide whether plans for V2V system implementation are ready to move forward.

Vehicle-to-Vehicle systems, or “talking cars,” are no longer relegated to the realm of science fiction. They are very real, and have the potential to prevent millions of injuries each year. In our profession, staying up to date on the latest automotive, regulatory, and safety news is part of the job. Our lawyers do our best to support the pursuit of safety innovations, especially when they have the potential to increase driver safety and reduce the number of preventable accidents that occur in our country every year. Another way in which we aim to provide a greater level of safety for future drivers is by ensuring that reckless and negligent individuals are held accountable for their actions behind the wheel. We are well versed on the latest industry developments, and we have the experience necessary to win lawsuits; if you have been injured in a Chicago car accident, don’t wait, call us now to see how our lawyers can help you.

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