MEMA pushes rule to require V2V communication in new vehicles

The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) hosted a panel on Media Day at the 2018 Washington Auto Show (WAS) calling for action on a proposed rule to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. The rule was proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January 2017, and there has been no action on it since then.

“V2V technology is one of the critical components to enhance vehicle safety and reduce fatalities and injuries on U.S. roadways,” said MEMA President and CEO Steve Handschuh. “But waiting will cost lives.”


Tom Lehner, MEMA’s vice president of public policy, spoke of the importance of deploying current technology such as the Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) and of preserving the 5.9 GHz spectrum for intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Other industries want to use that part of the spectrum, but it is important to save it for ITS, Lehner said.


Younger people are more open to V2V communication and autonomous vehicles (AVs), said Lehner. But the increased opportunities for the disabled and improvement in safety would benefit everyone.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will develop new evaluation systems for autonomous and connected vehicles, said David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer at IIHS. He noted that consumers don’t like beeping signals and often don’t turn them on. Vibrating signals are preferred.


MEMA backs the AV legislation that passed the House and is currently in the Senate.

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