Vehicle to Vehicle Communication to Prevent Car Wrecks
Written by Greg on September 29, 2014
With the increased number of traffic accidents that occur each year and the rise of innovative technology, many researchers are beginning to understand that the two can be connected in order to improve driver and roadway safety. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, new technological ground is being made when it comes to roadway safety in America. While, there are many technologies available on today’s market that would improve road safety, one that is helping to shape the projected future of roadway safety is V2V communications.
New Driver Safety Technology, V2V
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications is a new, automated technology that essentially allows cars to “talk” to one another in order to maintain vehicle and driver safety while on the roadways. Using both cars’ current trajectory, speed, and position, signals are sent out to other cars. These signals are then picked up by sensors and the data collected will help drivers make a conscious decision on how to handle the information. For instance, Car A can send out a signal to Car B, which Car B picks up to help the driver realize he or she needs to slow their car speed in order to prevent a potential collision. This kind of technology, not only takes into account other cars that are present on the roadway, but other obstacles that may be present on the road as well. In addition to these sensors, V2V technologies also implements what is known as left-turn assistance (LTA), as well highway regulators. The former technology will help drivers when they are making left turns, alerting them to any oncoming traffic, while the later highway regulators can indicate when a car is breaking very hard some distance away.
Although, the technology cannot account for human error, such as one’s decisions to run a traffic light or otherwise disobey the rules of the road, research has shown that there is a very low margin of error for calculating the position and potential movement of other cars on the roadway.
Prevention of Car Wrecks
As one can imagine, this kind of technology can greatly improve the safety of America’s roadways and ensure that the number of traffic accidents and fatalities are reduced overall. While the earliest V2V model will not be released until 2016, initial testing has already shown a very responsive and easy-to-use system. During its eventual release, however, there are already estimates that the technology will greatly reduce car wrecks, or lessen the impact of wrecks.
For example, with highway regulators a car will be alerted to a hard break from a car up ahead. The vehicle with the V2V system can help the driver to slow down, or break, in response. While this may not outright prevent a collision, it can certainly work to reduce any subsequent damages that are seen.
While the V2V technology may be some years off from public release, it does help to show the vast strides that are being made in the technological field when it comes to public safety.