'Talking' cars will soon be required in U.S.
— By Tyler Falk on February 3, 2014, 1:15 PM PST
This is similar to the ADS-B system in aviation. For those concerned about tracking there is no reason that the short communications between vehicles needs to be recorded or saved for that to work.
The biggest problem with this is currently there is no standard for the communication between vehicles. Will it be blue tooth? WiFi?
Differenr car makers are testing different systems.
Only a bunch of idiots would madate something as a stanard that does not exist.
All you have to do is look at the current situation with EV charging plugs to see the impact of the lack of a real industry standard.
As Don Preston pointed out in all likelihood V2V info will be used to record speed. And with this information broadcast to the car and driver accidental speeding and speed traps could be reduced. I would like to see government held culpable in traffic fines if they don't actively send speed and road condition data to V2V equipped cars. In which case V2V may be opposed by police districts due to loss of revenue.
Additionally: School zone speeding should be a thing of the past. Car theft should be reduced. Cars should safely shoulder themselves if the driver loses control for any reason.
If you want to make significant in-roads into vehicle safety, simple effective stuff like mandating an increased minimum tyre tread, ABS/Traction Control as standard, more stringent annual vehicle fitness for the road testing, improved manufacture of rigid safety cells inside a car's frame are the way to go, rather than pie in the sky stuff bloggers seem to go all giddy over - drones, autonomous cars, head up displays, radar sensing, self driving/accident avoiding cars, Electric cars etc..
Unfortunately, all the above is relatively boring, so get's little mention.
The larger obstacle to adoption will occur when the public realizes that V2V communications mandates that your vehicle broadcast its speed and location at all times. That's the final step before automatic traffic tickets whenever your vehicle exceeds the speed limit for any reason or rolls a stop sign on some abandoned road in the middle of the night.
@Neil Postlethwaite Electric cars? How would electric cars make driving safer? Electricity is just an alternate form of energy for getting the car moving. Why would an alternate form of energy be safer for driving? (And don't tell me that an EV is safer because it doesn't carry combustible fuel). So, where is the added safety in EVs?
Good point, and I'd also like to add cost to the equation. Does this technology come in $5000 used trucks? Even if I were to buy a brand new car, I would not be interested in paying for this technology. I would also be dead set against subsidizing it.
I would like to encourage pushing the price down, not up. I want a simpler car/truck that costs less and runs longer without interuption (breakdowns).
@copracr Subsidizing might not be necessary. The cost for the technology could be paid for by a lowered premium for auto insurance. If a vehicle is safer to drive because of the technology, and fewer accidents and injuries and fatalities become the norm, then the insurance companies would be expected to lower premiums, which would, indirectly, pay for the technology.