Proposed rule issued for vehicle-to-vehicle communication
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication that requires automakers to install the technology on all cars within about five years. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx touted V2Vês ability to provide 360-degree situational awareness.
The Federal Highway Administration plans to issue guidance soon for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. The guidelines will help transportation planners integrate the technologies to allow vehicles to talk to roadway infrastructure, such as traffic lights, stop signs and work zones. V2I should improve mobility, reduce congestion and improve safety.
V2V and V2I could eliminate or cut the severity of up to 80 percent of crashes not caused by drunk or drowsy driving. Although the incoming Trump administration has made no statement on the subject, from a safety perspective, this is a no-brainer, said Foxx.
The V2V rule protects privacy, as the technology does not link information to an individual. The rule applies only to passenger vehicles, but NHTSA officials were enthusiastic about using the technology in buses and medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
The rule will be open for comment for 90 days.Download Bulletin PDF