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Vehicle-2-Vehicle Technology May Reduce Car Wrecks

December 23, 2016

Car With Vehicle-2-Vehicle Technology May Be Able to Speak to One Another Wirelessly As Soon As 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is moving forward with a proposed rule that would require all automakers to install specialized radios in cars that would enable the vehicles to "speak" to one another wirelessly. The radios (called dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) radios) would have a range of about 1,500 feet and would wirelessly broadcast and receive information about vehicles' speed, position, and whether a specific vehicle nearby is applying its brakes. If NHTSA's proposal becomes a rule, it is hoped that the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology would be standard equipment on all new cars within the next four to seven years.

V2V Technology is an Improvement Over Existing Technology

The V2V technology represents an improvement over existing driver-assist technology. Whereas the latter technology requires line-of-sight in order to function, V2V technology would operate wirelessly. This means that a driver could receive important information about a nearby vehicle that the driver is not able to see. For example, suppose that three vehicles are in front of your own car and that your car is equipped with current line-of-sight technology. Your car could detect if the vehicle immediately in front of you is slowing or stopping, but not the first or second vehicle in line. Thus, if the four vehicles were traveling in close proximity to one another, you and the other drivers may not have time to avoid a series of rear-end collisions.

It is hoped that V2V technology would let you (and your car) know if the first vehicle has suddenly stopped due to a hazard, giving you or your car precious seconds to take action and avoid a crash. Vehicle-to-vehicle technology could also help you detect vehicles approaching your own if you were not able to visually locate them due to obstructions or weather conditions.

V2V Technology May Not Excuse Bad Driver Behavior

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology (at least as it is being described by Forbes magazine) would only alert drivers of pertinent information concerning vehicles in the area – the driver would still be required to take appropriate action based on the information provided. For example, while V2V technology may alert you that a car up ahead, out of sight has applied its brakes suddenly, you would still be responsible for applying your own brakes or taking appropriate action. Moreover, the fact that V2V technology would provide drivers with more information about their surroundings may lead to more negligence claims. Because you would know, for instance, that a vehicle three car lengths ahead of you stopped and you failed to take appropriate action, you too may be held partly responsible for any resulting crash. This, in turn, could make you civilly liable for another driver or passenger's injuries, and/or it could result in your own damages award being lessened.

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Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assists victims of Georgia car wrecks and other traffic collisions in the Southeast recover compensation for their injuries and losses. This may include monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We strive to achieve the most favorable outcome possible for our clients. When vehicle-to-vehicle technology arrives, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will be prepared to analyze and handle cases where V2V technology failed and/or where a driver failed to take appropriate actions with V2V information.

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