How Soon Until Cars ‘Talk’ to Each Other?

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From: PC

The feds move forward with a proposal that would require V2V devices in new vehicles.

Last April I was invited to participate in a¬†FutureCast event at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto, California, that focused on transportation, and the conversation turned to how technology is poised to disrupt automotive. One of the moderators mentioned early on that what’s needed is a “government moon shot” to accelerate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2) communication so that cars could communicate with one another to avoid accidents, increase traffic flow, and reduce emissions.

The general consensus among the Silicon Valley crowd in attendance was that this would never happen. So I piped up to point out that it was already¬†happening, and that the government was in the midst of conducting a 3,000-vehicle connected car field trial in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Judging from the lack of a quick response from a group that’s normally eager to comment for the camera, I reasoned that the tech intelligentsia present was not aware of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) massive Safety Pilot “model deployment” program that had kicked off in August 2012.

Now that the Safety Pilot program has concluded, the fed announced this week that it wants to move forward with using technology to get cars to “talk” to one another. NHTSA said it is finalizing data drawn from the field trial and plans to publish a report on the agency’s findings soon. But the big (if largely anticipated) news is that NHTSA will “begin working on a regulatory proposal that would require V2V devices in new vehicles in a future year,” the agency said in a statement.

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