NHTSA Unveils Plan Instituting New V2V Technology By 2020

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled its plan to institute minimums regarding vehicle-to-vehicle communications in an effort to bolster driver safety.

Automotive News reports the agency and eight automakers — Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Daimler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen — collaborated on the development of V2V technology that will become standard equipment between 2017 and 2020 as part of a proposed mandate.

The draft proposal includes minimums on the messages sent between two or more vehicles, along with the decision as to what safety features to include in a vehicle left to the automaker.

The intended goal, as explained by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, is to move from “helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether.” The plan projects 25,000 to 592,000 crashes and 49 to 1,083 lives saved annually once every vehicle in the United States is equipped with the technology.

As for how the new V2V technology will be managed and financed, the NHTSA plans to solicit interested private companies. The systems are expected to cost between $341 and $350 per unit by 2020.

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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  • JimC2 JimC2 on Aug 19, 2014

    If I can hack into it and enforce "slower traffic keep right" then I might consider this technology.

    • Redav Redav on Aug 19, 2014

      If anything could be enforced, it would be uniform speed for all vehicles. Therefore, there will be no "slower traffic."

  • Slow_Joe_Crow Slow_Joe_Crow on Aug 19, 2014

    Since the AMA is already up in arms over this, how will V2V handle motorcycles, bicycles et al? The problem with existing V2V concepts is that they only work with new cars and do not take account of anything else on the road. I really don't want to be told, "the computer didn't see you" when some latte swilling texting idiot rams me.

    • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Aug 19, 2014

      SJC, Which is why I would like to know what the real benefit of this is supposed to be. For the per car price, you could likely get detection systems that already exists and do not depend on the target transmitting. I'm curious how these systems actually pay off. Still, if you get rammed, it's better to have it be Latte Guy than non insured guy. Just say'n.

  • DearS DearS on Aug 19, 2014

    I consider this an intrusion into my rights, I don't want my car being communicated with. Personally I don't like seat belt. I have no issue with others having their cars communicating, but leave me out of it, and don't ticket me for not wearing a seat belt, which I wear 99% of the time for my own safety anyways. I don't like were this country is going with this.

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Aug 19, 2014

    Depart your lane too often and your car will know if you're impaired. Drunk, falling asleep, texting, etc. It should notify the cars around and ahead of you, but cops will zero in on you too. I would be good for public safety, except for the Big Brother thing.