Vehicle to Vehicle Communication May Be Standard by 2020
During the 1980’s, as the construction of the Interstate Highway System was nearing completion and National Highway System was already in place, the Federal Highway Administration started doing research into vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V communication, in order to help reduce the number of auto accidents on state and U.S. highways. Back then, V2V technology was in its infancy, and expenses were prohibitive; fast-forward thirty years, though, and the Federal Highway Administration is once again giving serious thought to some of those ideas that they had way back then. The goal from the start has always been to reduce the safety risks that come with driving an automobile, and the creation of several bureaus including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have helped speed it up a bit. The most recent advancement came from the NHTSA, which proposed a new rule that all vehicles should have V2V systems in them by 2020.
Vehicle to vehicle communication is the next major step in vehicle safety; in an era where the idea of a driverless car is becoming more commonplace than ever before, and with companies like Google and Nissan getting in on the ground floor, the idea of vehicle to vehicle communication has never been more important. The NHTSA has released preliminary data to show that just two systems – left-turn assist (LTA) and intersection-movement assist (IMA) could prevent over half a million automobile crashes every year and save over a thousand lives. LTA helps prevent drivers from turning into oncoming traffic (something their eyeballs could do too, but we digress) while IMA warns drivers that might be going into an intersection with oncoming traffic. While these systems are really useful if you’re not paying attention, you probably should be paying attention if you’re driving a vehicle – but that’s none of our business.
Anyway, where the technology really has an impact is in the driverless car scenario – with sensor suites already a thing and vehicles that drive themselves having a ton of them, this may be one more thing that pushes the technology to the front of the line, as it were. Driverless cars were once science fiction, but they could be replacing our beloved vehicles sooner than you might think, especially if Google and Nissan and the others actually put out a prototype that does the job efficiently. And then there’s the bit about how vehicle to vehicle communication can help in the auto transport industry – and we’re not talking about CB radios here. V2V in auto transportation trucks can be useful for a variety of different reasons, namely the fact that they’d make driving and operating those huge transport trucks a lot safer.
Not only that, but V2V in auto transport trucks could make the road safer for everyone else, too. Auto transportation is one of many logistics-based industries that have government rules and regulations regarding how far they can travel or how long drivers can actually drive in a given day. Number-fudging for drive sheets and the like isn’t all that common, but it’s not unheard of, and too many hours on the road can lead to driver fatigue and drivers falling asleep at the wheel, or taking ever-more extreme measures to keep themselves awake and alert. These new safety systems – and there are more, too, that will likely be implemented in the near future – can make things that much easier for auto shippers to keep themselves and those people that they share the road with safer, and vehicle to vehicle communication between different trucks could lead to more efficient transportation services as well.
This is all just theory right now, but the NHTSA is working hard on implementing things that will lead to a change in how we drive and how we go about our day to day. Maybe it won’t change; there are already new safety features in automobiles that really haven’t had much of an impact other than keeping some people safe. They don’t do much in the day-to-day, so people tend to forget about them. This is how you want safety features to work – only there when you need them, unassuming and unobtrusive. If these types of features can go into the auto transportation industry as well, it may lead to fewer auto transport disasters and more confidence when traveling on the highway next to a large transport truck. If you need to ship a vehicle, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to a live agent, and you can also fill out our free online quote form to get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.