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Department of Transportation Launches Largest-Ever Connected-Vehicle Crash Reduction Study

By John Page on December 10, 2012 - Comments off

Vehicle to Vehicle TechnologyThe U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced that it is launching the largest study to date of crash avoidance technologies that work by sending communications between vehicles to help them control their speed and distance from one another. Crash avoidance technology is key to preventing or reducing the severity of the types of car accidents commonly handled by Missouri auto accident attorneys.

The project, which is headquartered at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will use about 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses on Ann Arbor streets.

Each vehicle is equipped with wi-fi technology and sensors that allow the vehicles to communicate with one another and with surrounding buildings. The vehicles trade information to warn the drivers of upcoming hazards, such as an obstacle in the road or a vehicle approaching a blind intersection at a high rate of speed.

The vehicles have volunteer drivers, who will use them for one year while the USDOT gathers data on the usefulness of the communication technology. Currently, these cars, trucks, and buses don’t drive themselves; the drivers are still in full control of each vehicle and use information provided by the wi-fi sensors to learn more about the surrounding environment and perhaps to avoid accidents.

The purpose of the study is to examine how the communication technology works in real-world driving conditions and whether it helps real drivers commute with a higher rate of safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) predicts that as many as 80 percent of accidents could be avoided if every vehicle is equipped with communication technology.


NHTSA Considers Requiring Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication in New Cars

By John Page on May 7, 2012 - Comments off

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V, systems allow vehicles to “talk” to one another when performing a wide range of driving tasks. Although many of the systems are still being developed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is already discussing whether or not to require these systems to be installed in new vehicles once all the bugs are worked out – and when such a requirement might go into effect.

St. Louis Car Accident Prevention TechnologyDevelopers say that V2V communication systems could prevent as many as 80 percent of vehicle accidents that don’t involve drunk driving. Rear-end collisions, collisions during lane changes, and intersection crashes might all decrease if the vehicles involved in them can communicate with one another in order to avoid colliding.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is testing V2V systems in a fleet of 3,200 vehicles. Automakers are also testing related systems, such as those that communicate with cell phone towers or other markers in the landscape. The Department of Transportation tests will run through the end of 2013, at which point the NHTSA will re-evaluate the data to decide whether or not to require the systems in cars made in 2015 or later.

While many see V2V systems as a major leap forward in safety, others are concerned with the privacy aspects – especially in vehicles that communicate their position via GPS or similar systems. The NHTSA has said it will take privacy into account when making V2V-related rules.

There are a number of causes of auto accidents, many of which could be prevented by drivers who made focusing on the road their main priority. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, the experienced St. Louis auto accident lawyers at Page Law can help. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation. Our number is (314) 322-8515.


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