The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that they are moving forward with establishing rules that will eventually require cars and light trucks to implement connected vehicle technology.
What is connected vehicle technology?
Connected vehicle technology allows vehicles to electronically connect to one another while they are on the road. This type of technology is designed to enable wireless communication between vehicles, as well as traffic infrastructure and personal devices.
Some examples of the different types of connected vehicle technology that are being developed include:
- Safety applications that provide 360-degree awareness of obstacles and other hazards that drivers cannot see.
- Mobile applications that provide a connected travel environment using anonymous data from all of the connected vehicles that are using a traffic system at a given time.
- Informational applications that provide drivers with real-time data on traffic congestion and
- other important updates.
What steps are the NHTSA taking toward implementing this technology?
The NHTSA has announced what is known as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning connected vehicle technology. This notice provides the public and the vehicle industry with the opportunity to provide input on how implementing this technology will be regulated. The notice coincides with the release of a research report on vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
Will connected vehicle technology help reduce accidents?
Although it will take time to be implemented, the Department of Transportation believes that connected vehicle technology will play a key role in creating safer roads in the years to come. This type of technology is hoped to significantly reduce highway crashes while providing traffic managers with the data they need to maintain road safety.
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