MIT: Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication A Breakthrough Technology

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
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In the next year or so, vehicle-to-vehicle communication will be seen as a breakthrough technology, per the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Edmunds reports V2V made a list of ten breakthrough technologies compiled by MIT Technology Review, joining the likes of Apple Pay and nano-architecture as tech that will have “the broadest impact on commerce, medicine and society.” The publication cites General Motors as one of the key players in promoting V2V, and mentions the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s efforts to bring the technology online by 2017 at the earliest.

That said, MIT cautions that the first vehicles to have V2V — such as the 2017 Cadillac CTS — won’t have too many vehicles to talk to about location, speed, brake status et al, and that it could take up to a decade before V2V is as common as the cold. Audi, Ford and Toyota are among some of the other manufacturers looking into V2V.

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  • PriusV16 PriusV16 on Feb 20, 2015

    Will the brand of the individual car influence the way the car speaks to others? Mercedes: „Hello underlings, please get out of my way, I wish to pass.“ BMW: „Man, I'm sooooo handsome, cool and affluent; let ME through first.“ Audi: „Yo dawg y'all, kingobling here y'all, get your f*****g p*****s outta my way, y'all......“ Cadillac: „Good evening, I'm an aristocrat, too, and I would like to.... HEY, STOP LAUGHING......“ VW: "Good day, I would like to pass..... *creeeaaakkkkk* .... dammit, my DSG just broke, now I'm stuck with all the other idiots here...." Ford: „Howdy folks, may I pass? No? OK then, never mind.“ Volvo: „Could you please allow me to trespass? If not, we shall need to form a circle and express our feelings towards each other, maybe this will help.“ Toyota: „Hello, I would like to pass, but my driver has temporarily forgotten where the gas pedal is located, and he hates us cars, anyway.“ Ferrari: „Buon giorno, I would like to pass, plea....... hello, beautiful signorita over there, what's your number....?“ Rolls-Royce: "Oh God, the proletariat.... reverse and back up; REVERSE AND BACK UP, I said..." Fiat 500: „Hey guys, I would like to pass this road, too...... HELLO, I'm down HERE...... oh well, my driver 's just gonna strap me on his back and walk the rest of the way.....“ Etc. etc. ;-)

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    • Mr. Orange Mr. Orange on Feb 21, 2015

      The Cadillac has me cracking up. A joke comes to mind and it starts of with, "A family walks into a talent agent's office."

  • B Buckner B Buckner on Feb 20, 2015

    This technology has the potential to greatly reduce accidents, save lives and lower insurance bills. It can be done while protecting privacy.

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    • Compaq Deskpro Compaq Deskpro on Feb 20, 2015

      A lot of police, lawyers, and insurance cronies are going to have much lighter wallets.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Feb 20, 2015

    Let's see - fun with math. The average car on the road in North America is now over 11 years old. The average new car loan is now in excess of five years. So even IF a scalable standard of peer-to-peer communication between vehicles was put into place that every automaker adopted the same standard (BWHAHAHAHAHAHA) and was available in 2017 models, 11 years to churn past that is 2027, and you're still no where near 50% of the on road fleet in the US with this technology. Toss in a standards change, or failure on building an architecture that can scale and be backwards compatible... Ya, a "break through" and wide spread use are two totally different things. As long as OEMS, even luxury brands continue to charge obscene markup for blind spot monitoring, laser cruise control, automatic braking front and rear, and other "awareness" systems, this is little more than a pipe dream. Like the self-driving car.

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    • Banjopanther Banjopanther on Feb 21, 2015

      Retrofitting. These systems would be computerized, and thus small and cheap if made in quantity, as it would be with federal subsidies. It could eliminate traffic and thus pay for itself in terms of gained productivity.

  • Spike_in_Brisbane Spike_in_Brisbane on Feb 21, 2015

    v2V is OK but I want V2TL. (vehicle to traffic light) so I no longer need to wait at a red when there are no BMWs going the other way.