V2V Communications: A Work in Progress

Although the technology is moving at a break-neck speed, the mode of transportation such as automobiles will still hit the road, but the vehicle-to-vehicle communication is tipped to become a reality very soon.

The system only applies if the car is beefed up with the technology, and the US government is now mulling over rules to make it compulsory. This technology will inevitably take few decades before it will become common, but for now this will surely be a groundbreaking milestone since it fosters road safety and avoid unnecessary accidents.

The federal government employees just made the first step in calling for cars to have the technology that will let commuters be in touch with one another. The vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V, communication employs radio signals to share data about a vehicle’s speed, direction and other data to other vehicles that are in close proximity. That information allows drivers to electronically perceive what is happening up to a distance of 300 yards and can even be utilized to warn other commuters about potential collisions.

University of Minnesota researchers are presently creating a test facility along Interstate 94 for cars that will soon be embedded with the technology, but getting the drives for beta test can be a daunting task.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report that, “ V2V technology could avoid more than half a million left-turn and intersection crashes each year and save more than 1,000 lives. Adding the technology would cost about $350 per installation, but could go down to about $100 over time.”

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