MIT puts vehicle-to-vehicle communication on list of 10 breakthrough technologies

MIT puts vehicle-to-vehicle communication on list of 10 breakthrough technologies

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication made MITês annual list of 10 breakthrough technologies, alongside Apple Pay and Nano-Architecture. One reason is the potential to save more than 1,000 lives a year.

–Networking cars together wirelessly is likely to have a far bigger and more immediate effect on road safety” than self-driving cars with advanced vehicle automation technologies, MIT said.

With V2V communication, cars can broadcast their position, speed, steering wheel position, brake status and other information to cars within a few hundred meters. A computer on board the car processes the readings from other cars 10 times per second and calculates the chances of a crash.

After a pilot study on the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., from 2012 to 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calculated that the technology could prevent more than 500,000 accidents and more than 1,000 deaths a year. The U.S. Department of Transportation is drafting rules to require the technology in new cars.

Cadillac has said the 2017 CTS will have V2V communication. But it works only if a large number of vehicles around it also have the same technology. Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volvo are working on developing V2V communication.

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