Published by Thompson Bukher - December 14, 2016 - Internet Law, Media & Privacy

The US Department of Transportation has indicated that it is ready to embrace self-driving technology. A proposed new rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would require all newly built light-duty vehicles to carry vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.

According to the NHTSA’s notice:

[The technology would enable] a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles “talk” to each other.

“Advanced vehicle technologies may well prove to be the silver bullet in saving lives on our roadways,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “V2V and automated vehicle technologies each hold great potential to make our roads safer, and when combined, their potential is untold.”

The proposed rule announced today would require automakers to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty vehicles. The rule proposes requiring V2V devices to “speak the same language” through standardized messaging developed with industry.

The NHTSA promises to separately “issue guidance for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications, which will help transportation planners integrate the technologies to allow vehicles to “talk” to roadway infrastructure such as traffic lights, stop signs and work zones to improve mobility, reduce congestion and improve safety.”

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