Talking Cars: Welcome to the Future!
The USA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared on Monday that is going to further the plans to develop technology that would make cars communicate directly to each other. According to the experts it’s a question of Life-Saving Technology that is known as vehicle-to vehicle communication or V2V.
With the help of this technology, the drivers would not have to see and react to a stopping car ahead, but some application of the brakes from the other car would send an electronic signal to other cars that are around it in that way that the cars would react automatically and immediately to find the best solution for the singular situation.
Between other actions that would be instantly communicated to the other vehicles are turning and accelerating which will allow cars to avoid each other more quickly and securely than by waiting the human reaction that relies on human eye and reflexes.
Cars would probably be able to communicate not only between each other but also with infrastructure like stop signs and traffic light, also with motorcyclists and bicyclists and even with pedestrians with especially equipped smartphones. The data will allow the cars to alert other drivers to brake, slow down or not to change line.
The V2V technology would let cars to exchange automatically safety data like speed and position 10 times per second and would warn the drivers if is sensed a possible crash.
This technology will help people to get safely where they need avoiding crashes and keeps U.S. the leader in the global automotive industry. It could be a component in self-driving cars, although could be very useful in human-driven vehicles. According to the NHTSA, this technology could help avoid 80% of crashes that involve sober drivers. NHTSA officials compare the potential life-saving prominence of the new technology to the discovering of the seatbelts and electronic stability control that have saved many lives.
According to the institute, numerous automakers have been working on this technology for years demonstrating its safety benefits under both real world and controlled test conditions. But the full transition from our current vehicle to a “connected vehicles” will take at least 10 years and would probably be problematic as every new technology in early stages. Also a lot of vehicles would have to broadcast their speed, positions and direct before the technology is useful. Additionally, the technology would be built in new cars, but also could be retrofitted efficiently in older cars.
The most interesting fact about the V2V technology is that his incorporation in the new cars would add about $100 to $300 to the cost of a car.
It seems that it will take a long time until we see this new technology in our cars, but I can’t wait to see it incorporated in the new vehicles because it would save a lot of lives. Besides that, as a girl I rejoice the development of this new technology because it is widely known that the girls are considered as worse drivers than the guys.
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