Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication could be the next step in the evolution of the automobile, especially if the US government has anything to do with it.
The US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has his own vision in mind for the future of V2V and self-driving cars, as he outlined in a Department of Transport blog post this week. But while it seems like self-driving vehicles and V2V could be a reality in the US in the near future, as far as Asia and Thailand goes, it sounds like an impossible dream. Can you imagine cars driving themselves around Bangkok, what with the traffic and unpredictable drivers…?
Self-driving cars take the initiative
In his blog post, Foxx announced that the Department of Transport is pushing up the timetable on a rule to require all new vehicles to have V2V technology.
“V2V technology is a critical element of the connected automation that makes driverless cars as safe as possible”, Foxx wrote.
He also detailed his plan to get V2V into every new car in the next few years, including testing for interference that comes from radio frequencies and directing the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to accelerate its part in the plan.
V2V will be critical as more companies like Google seek to replace the driver with automated systems.
The technology behind self-driving vehicles has been developing at a rapid pace. In March this year, a Delphi vehicle completed a 3,400 mile journey from San Francisco to New York City, which made it the first autonomous car to drive coast to coast. The company says that V2V technology is a critical piece of the puzzle in preventing accidents and loss of life in a driverless car.