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U.S. Readies Proposal for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/24/2014 Kelly Pleskot

The U.S. is preparing a report that will discuss security issues, technical feasibility, costs, and safety benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication as a first step towards requiring this technology in new vehicles.

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, V2V technology is the wireless exchange of data between nearby cars to improve safety. The Department's report will include two interesting new fields of study, including Left Turn Assist and Intersection Movement Assist. Together, these technologies can prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives each year.

Left Turn Assist warns drivers not to turn left if there is another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. The second technology improves safety during one of the most dangerous parts of driving, alerting drivers if is unsafe to enter an intersection.

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"Safety is our top priority, and V2V technology represents the next great advance in saving lives," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a recent statement. "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."

Other technologies that the Department is studying include forward collision, blind spot monitor, stop light warnings, and "do not pass" warnings. The Department is gathering public opinions on its report and will use these findings for proposing rules, which should be ready by 2016. According to the Department, V2V technology will pave the way for driverless vehicle technology in the future.

Source: NHTSA

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