Feds to Begin Testing Auto Communication Safety Technology

A world where automobiles “talk” to each other, analyzing potential accident scenarios and acting to prevent these, just got one step closer to reality.  The Department of Transportation will soon launch a testing program that will test as many as 3,000 vehicles to determine the accuracy and reliability of vehicle-2-vehicle auto safety technology.

“Vehicle-to-vehicle communication” is being called the next step in auto safety.  Vehicles that are equipped with these technologies will be able to use wireless capabilities to communicate with other vehicles that are also equipped with these systems.  These vehicles will be able to “talk” with each other, and transfer important information that could help prevent the risks of a crash.

The kind of accidents that could possibly be prevented through the use of such advanced auto safety technologies are driver error-related accidents that include accidents caused by drivers running red lights, and changing lanes without warning.  The vehicles will be able to transit information about when a red light is expected to turn red, or warn drivers about the existence of potentially hazardous condition ahead like a sharp curve.  This information can be used to deliver a warning to the motorist.

What’s even more encouraging is that the technology can be combined with current auto safety technologies like lane departure warning systems and forward collision warning systems, in order to completely minimize accident risks.

This state-of-the-art technology is not only expected to help reduce the risk of car accidents, but is also expected to reduce the traffic congestion problems in many American cities, including those in Pennsylvania.

The testing will be conducted by the University Of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.  The vehicles that are being used as part of the testing have been supplied by General Motors and Ford.  Both GM and Ford have indicated that they are working on adding these technologies to their vehicles.