cars, trucks and buses equipped with wireless tracking devices are the first
group of vehicles to actually road-test new vehicle-to-vehicle communication. This
week, the second phase of The Safety Pilot, a research project
looking at connected vehicle safety technology, was launched by the U.S.
Department of Transportation (DOT).
The test vehicles send and
receive electronic messages with other connected cars and trucks, and warn the driver about potential
dangers like collisions, changes in other cars’ speed or movement, and upcoming
Roadside devices in
the test area are connected to The Safety Pilot test vehicles, too. For example, a traffic light might change from
red to green in the presence of a test car if the conditions are safe.
communication is widely thought to be the next incarnation in motor vehicle
safety. DOT officials project that the
emerging safety technology could help drivers avoid or reduce the severity
of 80% of accidents that
don’t involve an impaired driver. The year-long test should provide valuable
on-the-ground research for this new motor vehicle safety technology.