With news surfacing about a pending U.S Transportation Department proposal that will request all new vehicles sold in the US to be equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it is in the planning stages of mandating V2V systems in all new cars.
While the technology is intended to provide vehicles with what is essentially an early warning system for dangers that may not be visible by a driver, aside from cost and implementation barriers, there are a number of privacy issues that are being raised by industry specialists nationwide.
In a statement from the acting NHTSA chief Mr David Friedman:
We want to make sure we've turned over every stone and we've addressed any serious concerns.... Decades from now, its likely well look back at this time period as one in which the historical arc of transportation safety considerably changed for the better.
While automakers are reportedly already researching how they can uniformly tie all of this communication network together, it has been suggested that existing radio systems may be a cost effective option to help integrate this new technology into an existing platform which would also allow the communication between almost all forms of transport:
With this in mind, the president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Scott Belcher commented:
The vision of talking cars that avoid crashes is well on the way to becoming a reality.... This promises to significantly reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our nations roads while unleashing a new wave of innovation from advanced traffic management systems and smart mobility apps to real-time traffic, transit and parking information, he said.
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