The United States Department of Transportation has seemingly decided vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication has the potential to make driving a lot safer, so they’re initiating a mandate for the standardization of the technology.
This standard tech version would become standard for any new vehicle sold in the country and the rules could become mandatory in just a few years – though the drive would also hike the vehicle’s base price by around $350. V2V communication means automobiles can exchange information – the DOT’s standard would see vehicles transmit data to surrounding traffic up to 984 feet (300 meters) away, even to those invisible to the driver. The vehicles would lack a specific ID and no personal info would be sent, to reduce privacy concerns.
The system’s function would be to act as backup for the present safety technologies – for example a vehicle’s adaptive cruise control would find out in advance about stopped traffic ahead and would be able to react faster. V2V communication also has the potential to tremendously help upcoming autonomous vehicles. Combining the data from surrounding traffic and the vehicle’s on board array of sensors, the AI would be able to make more informed decisions in traffic. NHTSA’s estimates about the cost of V2V equipment and infrastructure are of $341-$350 to the vehicle’s price in 2020, lowered to $209-$235 by 2058. The calculations also include potential financial gains – of $54.7 to $74.0 billion after fleet-wide adoption thanks to the new safety levels.