When you are driving in a vehicle it may feel as though it is every driver for oneself. Being cut off, followed closely, and feeling at another driver’s mercy may be nerve wracking and dangerous. That is why it is important that cars begin to communicate with one another, making the streets and highways safer for drivers, bikers and pedestrians. Communicative cars work by having a network in which vehicles and units that are called the communicating nodes exchange information with vehicles, safety warnings and other traffic information.
Communicative cars also rely on dedicated short-range communication devices. It provides private safety information to prevent collisions and accidents through information.
The United States Department of Transportation believes that the future of vehicle safety in avoiding preventable accidents will rely on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. This is the next generation of safety improvements that will help drivers to avoid crashes by identifying risks. Some of the most common accidents that drivers get in include unsafe lane changes, rear-ends, and crashes at intersections.
The technology that is in place now will not have the car operating by itself, rather it would mean communicating with other cars which can take a great weight of stress and fault off of drivers. Although this feature is not readily available in many vehicles on the market today it will be the way of the future, and may even become as standard as air bags and seat belts.
MIT is currently working on the technology to make V2V communication something that will be found in cars to help the roadways be safer. They hope that cars will react to things like other cars running red lights which will no longer result in a collision because the cars will communicate with one another to avoid the accident. The wireless signals that are sent include information about distance, speed, location and direction. This will also prevent people from following too closely because a reasonable distance will be kept between cars making travel times shorter and safer, eliminating the starts and stops of tailgating.
V2V communication is not the only new type of technology that is being considered for vehicles. Researchers are also considering vehicle to infrastructure communication as well. This would allow communication between not only the vehicle and other vehicles, but other traffic signals and management systems to find the best possible routes.
V2V communication is not readily available in cars on the commercial market today, but they could completely transform the way that driving is experienced in the future.