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Feds Mull New Rules to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

Technology could be used to warn drivers of possible crashes.

by on Aug.19, 2014

Collision avoidance systems improve safety for individual vehicles, but potential new rules might use similar technology to make roads safer for all.

Black boxes in vehicles already track a variety of bits of information that is used by safety officials, automakers and others to determine what a car or truck does after it does it. However, the Obama administration is looking to use that information in real time to save more than 1,000 lives annually.

Using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology that allows vehicles to talk to one another and warn drivers of a potential collision could save an estimated 1,083 lives prevent 592,000 crashes annually, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Using V2V technology could provide drivers an advanced warning of a possible accident Left Turn Assist (LTA) and Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) scenarios. The systems use radio waves to send out signals that are received and interpreted by other vehicles. Depending upon the data sent, the systems could provide drivers with warnings. (more…)

Obama Pushes Congress to Invest in Smarter Roads

President hypes vehicle-to-vehicle communications to cut crashes.

by on Jul.15, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with supporters in McLean, Virginia. During a speech there, he encouraged Congress to approve additional funding for the Highway Trust Fund, including new technology to make roads safer.

After spending much of his two terms prodding automakers to improve the mileage of vehicles as well as their operational efficacy, President Barack Obama today encouraged automakers to continue the development of “vehicle to vehicle” technology research and pushed lawmakers to fund its use.

Speaking at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, today, Obama spoke about the impact such technology could make on the safety of America’s roads. He also got a chance to get a look at the technology in person driving in a simulator that allowed him to experience the technology in real time.

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After hitting 90 mph in the simulator, he joked that anything makes the roads safer has taken on a new emphasis for him. (more…)

Car-to-Car Link Could Cut Collisions by 80%

Feds to test new technology and could soon mandate it.

by on Apr.27, 2012

David L. Strickland was sworn in January 4, 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served for eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. As the Senior Counsel for the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, he was the lead staff person for the oversight of NHTSA, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He also served as the lead Senate staff person in the formulation of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) reforms and standards included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. He held a staff leadership role in the 2005 reauthorization of NHTSA in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act -- a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

NHTSA chief David Strickland believes connected vehicle technologies could save thousands of lives.

Technologies allowing cars to “talk” to one another could cut the highway collision rate by as much as 80%, sharply reducing the number of injuries and fatalities, according to the nation’s top automotive safety regulator.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now working with auto manufacturers to test the viability of vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems and, if successful, could mandate the use of the technology, according to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.

Such technology could alert one driver that another is about to run a red light or send a warning to all nearby vehicles that there’s an icy patch of pavement ahead.

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“Our research shows that these technologies could help prevent a majority of the collisions that typically occur in the real world, such as rear-end collisions, intersection crashes, or collisions while switching lanes,” said Strickland during an appearance at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual SAE World Congress.

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GM Developing Smartphone Safety Network

System could provide eyes and ears for unseen traffic hazards.

by on Oct.18, 2011

A network of smartphones and other devices could alert motorists to unseen obstacles.

The latest smartphones can do just about everything but cook breakfast – though they can help track down the recipe for a mean Eggs Benedict.  Now, General Motors is looking at ways to link smartphones to alert your car to unseen pedestrians and other obstacles.

In effect, a network of smartphones – paired with fixed cameras and other roadside sensors – could create a wireless safety net, the maker suggests.  Dubbed vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, such systems could help avert nearly 81 percent of all U.S. vehicle crashes, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Such technology could be in place within a decade, adds the automaker – which recently showed off a vehicle that might be able to integrate the technology, the second-generation Chevrolet EN-V.

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“These safety systems could provide a significant leap in automotive safety, but their effectiveness goes up dramatically as more people use them,” said Don Grimm, senior researcher for GM’s Perception and Vehicle Control Systems group. “By putting the technology into portable devices, we could make this potentially life-saving technology widely available and more affordable.”

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