NHTSA 2016 V2V Proposal Open For Public Comment

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
As reported earlier, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled plans to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle technology within the next few years through a proposal that could take just as long to make it through Congress. Since then, more details and reactions about the V2V proposal have come out. Autoblog reports the plan, which will be available for public comment for the next 60 days, points to two specific applications of V2V that could prevent as many as 592,000 accidents and 1,083 fatalities annually by 2020 if implemented: left-turn assist and intersection-movement detection systems. The agency also adds V2V could be used to aid with detecting blind spots, alert drivers regarding forward collision, and warn them when not to pass on the road. Many of these systems are already in modern vehicles, where radar and similar technologies help in functionality.As far as the potential for hacking is concerned, the NHTSA stated V2V data transmitted would only be used in enhancing driver safety, with “several layers” of protection keeping hackers at bay. In turn, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement that the Federal Communications Commission should reserve certain frequencies for V2V communication in the early phases of development “until it is definitively established that sharing will not interfere with the safety of the driving public.”In addition to V2V, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication is in the proposal, allowing for vehicles to talk to roads and other pieces of infrastructure for safety purposes.The proposal is set to make its run toward becoming law beginning in 2016 at the earliest.
Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Carguy Carguy on Aug 22, 2014

    Advances in safety and the mandates that ensure they get implemented have been responsible for the steady decline of road fatalities per million miles traveled from 240 in the 1920s to high teens today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transportation_safety_in_the_United_States#mediaviewer/File:USA_annual_VMT_vs_deaths_per_VMT.png And every time there are new regulations, there is an outcry. For those old enough to remember the 70s, you will recall the editorial outrage of mandatory seat belts which were hailed as the spearhead of total government control. I love my personal freedoms but I just don't see the sense in a movement opposing the reduction in the death toll of 38,000 American's per year (a cause of death probability of 1:112 according to NSC) with communication electronics when at the same time we have handed over our 4th amendment rights to the NSA and spent trillions over a terrorist threat that is 1 in 20,000,000 (where animal bites rate at 104,000:1 and lighting rates at 130,000:1). Maybe its true that we Americans are not very good at maths.

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    • Thelaine Thelaine on Aug 22, 2014

      @petezeiss Agreed. You ain't no American, cowboy. "And every time there are new regulations, there is an outcry." This terrible argument justifies EVERY new regulation, regardless of cost, effectiveness, or consequences.

  • Matador Matador on Aug 22, 2014

    So, this will tell me when I shouldn't pass? What could possibly go wrong. So, what will it do when a scrapper in an old F150 dumps half his load? If I'm passing someone, and slightly exceed the speed limit to cut back in safely, everyone knows. That's great! If you can't figure out how to pass someone safely, you shouldn't be driving a car.

  • Matador Matador on Aug 22, 2014

    Everyone needs to leave a comment for this at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NHTSA-2014-0022 I did it, and it only takes three or four minutes. Lets put our money where our mouth is!

  • Kitzler Kitzler on Aug 22, 2014

    Self-driving cars will solve all that, go Google! then again, driving will no longer be fun, I shall miss the good old days!