Have you heard of V2V?
Have you heard of V2V? If you haven’t yet, I am sure that in the next few years it will become as common as today it is to listen to other acronyms such as GPS, PDF or HTTP. V2V means Vehicle to Vehicle communication and refers to data communication between two nearby vehicles. There are many possible reasons why it is interesting to have vehicles communicating between them, but one of the most compelling reasons regards safety. By exchanging anonymous, vehicle-based data regarding position and speed, V2V communications enable a vehicle to antecipate threats through awareness of the position and movement of other vehicles in the vicinity. It is possible to calculate the risk, issue driver warnings or recommendations; or in some cases even to take control of the vehicle to avoid accidents. The news is that in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) announced on February 3rd that its “two-year pilot of V2V technology proved that the transmission of basic safety data between cars, such as speed and position, improves the safety of all vehicles on the road”. Therefore, the NHTSA “will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles.” You can see an interesting collision avoidance video with V2V in http://youtu.be/PF1a-g9suR8. On a personal note, I wonder how or whether Europe will react to this announcement when eCall is still a little too embarrassing to serve as a model for cooperation between the EC and car manufacturers. Valério Marques, CEO - Frotcom International