connected vehicles

On the road toward connected vehicles

To promote the deployment of connected vehicle technology, the Department of Transportation has proposed a rule that would phase in requirements for vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology in all new light-duty vehicles.

This technology would allow cars to exchange basic safety messages with each other and use crash-avoidance technology to make roads safer and increase situational awareness for drivers.  Dedicated short-range communications will transmit location, direction and speed data to surrounding vehicles, updating them up to 10 times per second so the vehicles can alert drivers to potential hazards.  V2V devices would need to communicate in the same language through standardized messaging, which the department will work with industry to develop.

According to DOT, the technology doesn’t share information linked to personal data, so privacy is protected.  Additionally, the proposed rule includes privacy and security controls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also plans to release guidance for vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, which will allow vehicles to communicate with road infrastructure such as traffic lights, stop signs and work zones.

The notice of proposed rulemaking will be open for public comment for 90 days after its release in the Federal Register.

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Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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