Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a recommendation that standards be set for Vehicle to Vehicle Communication systems, the thought being that the widespread adoption of the technology would help to eliminate numerous accidents which take place at intersections.
Prompted by that conclusion, a new report takes a look at these systems and analyzes what they’re capable of. As the name implies, V2V-capable automobiles would be able to essentially talk to one another in order to avoid accidents and maximize efficiency. The report describes how vehicle movements would become similar to air traffic control, with vehicles being directed upon certain paths depending upon what would be most productive and safe.
Autonomous cars are on the way, with Google leading the charge for that type of technology, but many believe that V2V will be able to bridge the gap to that type of all-encompassing driving technology. An IHS automotive technology analyst explained that testing for V2V is in its latter stages, so the next big challenge is gaining widespread acceptance.
The applications of V2V are many. In addition to getting vehicles through intersections safely, the organization ramifications could mean that vehicles could be routed together as a convoy, going at speed while moving in a line. If an accident is up ahead, they could be shuttled in another direction to avoid traffic jams. The possibilities are being explored, and the hope is that roads will become safer than ever as a result.