Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology Looks at Accident Reduction

February 7, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The cops in United States have come up with a new method to reduce accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said that they are pushing forward an initiative that would make it imperative for all cars to have vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. These will be especially so for the light vehicles.

The cars, through an isolated radio spectrum, would communicate with each other via the transponders that would be placed inside the vehicles.

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The job of the transponders would be to share information, like location, direction and average speed up to ten times per second with other cars.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has been quoted as saying  that vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the life-saving achievements that we have already seen with safety belts and air bags.

This one will help drivers avoid crashes, and the technology will play a key role in improving the way people get where they need to go while ensuring that the U.S. remains the leader in the global automotive industry.

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According to NHTSA estimates that V2V can prevent up to 80 percent of regular accidents, but this also would need mass utilization of the technology. In an ideal situation, the information from one car would warn another of a probable collision.

In theory, the manufacturers could adjust the system to even automatically slow down when the car is close to colliding with another one. This feature is supposed to be similar, yet less advanced than Google’s self driving cars.

The system can also give the user an updated forecast on the safety of switching lanes and even operate the indicator light automatically.

The good news is that, some of the auto manufacturers like Honda, Ford and Mercedes, already have planted the technology in their cars.

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