More than 35,000 people were killed in car accidents across the U.S. in 2015. The car crash–related figures are even more startling for serious injuries requiring medical intervention. In just the first six months of 2015, 2.3 million people received this level of injury from vehicle accidents.
NHTSA calls for mandated communication between cars
A recent proposal by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would mandate installation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities by car manufacturers. With these capabilities, surrounding cars receive data on a vehicle’s location, direction, speed, and other data. The available data are transmitted to surrounding vehicles approximately 10 times a second.
The NHTSA believes that the ability of cars to communicate, termed vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, has the potential to make the nation’s roads much safer by either preventing accidents altogether or reducing the severity of each accident.
This may be especially true for accidents caused by distracted drivers and drowsy drivers. Distracted drivers were responsible for 10% of fatalities in 2015. Drowsy drivers caused 72,000 crashes in the 2009-2013 period.
V2V-equipped vehicles can both identify dangers and warn other cars about accidents once they occur. They can identify situations such as passing on a two-lane road in a manner that will prevent head-on crashes. It can issue a warning to drivers when objects or people in the road are several hundred yards distant.
More vehicle technology, more lives saved
V2V is not the only technology expected to save lives in vehicle accidents.
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently developing a plan for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology. V2I is analogous to V2V; in V2I the vehicles communicate with infrastructure like stop signs, work zones, and traffic lights.
The NHSTA noted that both V2V and V2I, used in conjunction with additional automated safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), could prevent thousands of collisions each year.
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Edelman, Krasin & Jaye supports all road safety measures. We are pleased to see technology being used to save lives and prevent injuries.
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