According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 6 million car accidents occur each year. Car companies continue to take steps to make cars safer for consumers using the most sophisticated technology.
Although car-to-car communication may sound like something from “The Jetsons,” but this is not science fiction. Learn more about this futuristic technology and where you can soon find it.
What Is Car-to-Car Communication?
According to the MIT Technology Review, car-to-car or vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication allows cars to broadcast their location, speed, steering wheel position, brake status, and other data to cars within a few hundred meters.
The cars use software sensors and cameras to continually send and receive information. Drivers are able to communicate with the car and get information through screens using an active internet connection. The auto supplier company Delphi has developed technology aptly named “vehicle-to-everything” automation for cars to detect pedestrians and bikers by sensing nearby smartphones. Street lights and street signs are also included under the “everything” umbrella.
How Does This Technology Work?
Vehicles equipped with this technology use beeps, seat vibrations, dashboard alerts, and voice announcements to tell drivers of potential threats. These notifications alert drivers to hazards they are not able to see because of road obstructions, blind spots, or distracted driving. For example, a car with its hazard lights on can send a signal to nearby or approaching vehicles at the push of the hazard light button. A voice can alert a driver to an “oncoming vehicle” if the driver attempts a risky lane change.
At a research center in Michigan, cars have also been equipped with buzzing seats to tell drivers when a hedge or other obstacle obscures another vehicle.
Where and When Can You See This Technology In Place?
The more cars that become equipped with this innovative feature, the more effective the technology will be. Luckily, car companies such as GM, Audi, BMW, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota are already testing and using this communication system.
In fact, Cadillac is already using the technology on their 2017 CTS model. Volvo has also said they would release car-to-car communication on their 90 series by the end of 2016. This introduction includes the S90, V90, and XC90 models. Additionally, Audi has announced that select 2017 Q7 and A4 models built after June 1, 2016, will come equipped with this technology as well.
In an article published by CNBC, auto industry analysts predict that the federal government will have rules in place as early as 2019 to make vehicle-to-vehicle communication standard in all new vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this technology could prevent more than half a million accidents and more than 1,000 fatalities in the United States each year.
Even the most careful drivers can’t predict all situations when they’re on the road. Car-to-car communication should help to create safer roadways for everyone who must travel for work, school, or leisure activities.