In 2014 over 32,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. In an effort to reduce the number of collisions on our nation's roads, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that it will require vehicle-to-vehicle technology in cars and trucks in the coming years. Transportation Secretary Antony Foxx said, "We can expect the potential impact of up to 80 percent of crashes today avoided because of this technology."
With the new V2V technology, vehicles will be able to "see" each other, even if the drivers don't. Basically, it uses something similar to WiFi that allows vehicles that are close to each other to share information such as direction and speed.
This can help in situations where a driver might be preparing to change lanes without realizing that he or she could hit another vehicle. It can also alert drivers to vehicles or objects ahead that they might not see until it's too late. Vehicles with V2V technology will also be able to help drivers determine how long they have until a traffic light changes.
Of course, as with all of the increased technology in our vehicles, there is the potential danger of hacking. Some people also have privacy concerns as well. A bureau chief for Automobile Magazine says, "You are going to be able to be tracked like you've never been tracked before." However, he admits that it is lifesaving technology.
Of course, no amount of technology can prevent someone who is truly reckless or negligent from harming someone else on the road. However, for many people, anything that keeps motorists safer on our roads and prevents injuries and deaths seems worth whatever potential privacy concerns that some may have.
Source: CBS News, "Vehicle-to-vehicle tech gets green light in U.S.," Jan. 11, 2016