NHTSA Announces Testing of Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Devices

Sept. 5, 2012

The next big breakthrough in automotive safety may be coming to vehicles sooner than you think. According to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), testing is currently being conducted on a communication technology that would allow vehicles to wirelessly communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure communication devices.

The technology is called Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-To-Infrastructure (V2I) communication, and experts believe it could be the key to preventing as many as four out of five unimpaired motor vehicle collisions. NHTSA Administrator, Dave Strickland, lauded the devices, saying, “V2V communication has the potential to be the ultimate game-changer in roadway safety.”

The system works by transmitting electronic signals from one vehicle or device to another, and allows these messages to be interpreted as warnings for drivers in danger of a potential Denver car accident.

Currently, the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute has equipped 3,000 vehicles with the devices in order to collect data in a “real world” environment. Earlier test results proved successful; nine out of ten individuals who drove with the devices claimed the technology greatly increased safety and said they would like to have the devices on their personal vehicles.

The Denver Personal Injury Attorneys with the McDivitt Law Firm all too often see the damage caused by car accidents that could have been prevented by this type of technology, and they hope it is soon adopted by automotive manufacturers if found to be successful.

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