To further use technology to make our roadways safer, it was reported back in February that NHTSA wished to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communication that could help reduce about 80 percent of today’s automotive-related crashes.
While speaking at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, David Strickland said NHTSA is currently working with automakers and other government agencies to expedite the use of vehicle-to-vehicle communication in hopes that more vehicles on the road will be equipped with the technology in the near future.
Over at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, an ongoing study is testing the technology to help guide NHTSA’s next steps. Its focus is to find the right interface for vehicles to communicate through in order to keep them non-distracting so drivers can keep their eyes on the road.
“The next North Star is keeping the crash from ever happening in the first place,” Strickland said. “We are hard at work from a research standpoint at figuring out the systems that have promise … so that one day we may see deeper penetration in the fleet.”
[Source: Detroit Free Press]