[Nfbmo] NHTSA proposes V2V regulations
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Thu Dec 15 02:39:49 UTC 2016
U.S. auto-safety regulators on Tuesday proposed new rules requiring automakers to adopt crash-avoidance technology that allows all new vehicles to communicate with each other, a move that could help accelerate the development of self-driving cars.
The requirement of so-called vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity - simply called V2V in industry parlance - on all consumer vehicles within about five years is viewed as central to the development of a new age of cars that can avoid accidents by wirelessly monitoring each other. V2V technology uses short-range radio communication to allow vehicles to identify each other's speed, location, direction and acceleration or braking, within a radius of about 300 meters.
The move marks a concrete step by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration toward its goal of eliminating roadway deaths within 30 years.
"Today's announcement Is another step in our continuing effort to improve safety and advanced innovation," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters in a conference call. "What V2V does is give drivers 360-degree awareness to avoid collisions."
To be sure, the proposed rule arrives in the lame-duck period of the Obama administration, rendering it susceptible to being dumped in short order by the Trump administration.
Feds set goal: No traffic deaths within 30 years
But the president-elect has not displayed misgivings about the prospects of autonomous cars, meaning the vehicle-to-vehicle technology could move full speed ahead, although he has pledged to abolish various government regulations
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