National Highway Traffic Safety Administration head-honcho David Strickland is big on emerging vehicle-to-vehicle communication, according to The Detroit Free Press. As a keynote speaker at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit this week, Strickland lauded the technology, saying it could eliminate up to 80 percent of crashes.

We've recently heard General Motors speaking enthusiastically about creating a network effect on the roadways, using portable devices like smartphones to share information about traffic conditions and what's going on in nearby vehicles to alert drivers and even pedestrians and cyclists. GM has been talking about vehicle-to-vehicle communications for a few years now, incorporating the idea into its EN-V concepts like the one pictured above, "cars" that promise a future in which autonomous driving is a reality.

More immediately, Strickland said NHTSA will be "finalizing a rule to improve rear visibility in passenger vehicles," and that the agency is "beyond proof of concept" for a system to prevent an intoxicated person from driving, according to the report.


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      Custom Bikes
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing to think thT when we where kids weds just fine without seat belts, airbags , booster seats, on star, GPS, park assist and backup cameras - just to name a few. I'm not a cave man andIi know that some of these technologies are great and they do make our cars better and safer, BUT all that on board communication gadgetry will lead to the authorities being able to take control ( with a push of a transmitter button ) over our cars ! Imagine going throu a school zone and having your speed automatically limited, or engine output ( and emissions ) are tuned down near parks or hospitals, breaks are automaticity applied on a steep down hill Or when being pulled over your car just shuts down and locks you in. I can spend another hour writing an endless list of things that can be done to your car with the help of this type of technology. It already started with some insurance company that install a monitoring device that " rewards " you with discounts for driving fewer miles and staying within speed limits. Than we have breathlizers that lock out the ignition, there is Onstar which is equipped with location monitoring to see where youre at, in cabin microphones to hear you and the ability to remotely lock, unlock and disable your car. Fast forward. 5 or 10 years from now and it won't even be your car anymore, you are just the idiot who makes the monthly payments, the insurance payments and the registration. But hey, I guess that as long as you get an email notifying you that your front tire is one PSI lower than normal , tou are a happy clueless sheep that would never see the big picture. Happy motoring. Happy motoring.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first problem with networking is trust. The only way to guarantee trust is to outlaw tampering. Engine controls, timing, boost, fueling, etc, will all be controlled by the same system. Thus, it will become very illegal for anyone to modify even the smallest parameter on the their car. Unless of course you buy their approved flash-device (TM) which only allows conservative modifications. First person to reprogram their car to cry WOLF to the other cars and cause a big accident will be the beginning of a new lockdown. This is not good news for anyone that's an enthusiast.
        Eric Meadows
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        You might want to actually sit down and read through all of this: www.nhtsa.gov/DOT/NHTSA/NVS/.../2011/811373.pdf I think you have no idea what the technology is, and what research is being done.
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Eric Meadows
          I'm a professional software developer. I actually have wrote car tuning software that I personally released for tuning Subaru and Mitsubishi Vehicles. I think you do not understand. You're still stuck on step 1. Think harder. The frog jumps out of the water if you turn the temperature up too fast. Today: Basic communication. Warnings for things like wrecks or bad conditions ahead. Tomorrow: Full communication. Readjusting engine tune on the fly to account for each municipalities emissions/horsepower laws as you drive on the interstate. Imagine "low horsepower zones" or "software enforced speed limits". How can I force your car to lower emissions when near my schools if you can simply retune your vehicle? How can I force your car to go slow near my schools if you can simply remove the limiter? How can I as a police officer, point my "vehicle disabling signal" at your car if you reprogrammed your car to ignore it? They don't want to shoot out your tires causing a dangerous wreck. They want to press a button and have your car lock you inside and come to a safe stop. It's all in the pipeline but you wont see anything you don't like until it's already too late to act. You see, you leave dormant features laying around and wait until enough time has passed that when people say "Well I'll NEVER buy a car with X,Y,Z" they can reply with "It's been on all vehicles since 2010 and you already have it!". Think for yourself for two seconds. Possibly spawns requirements. It's now possible to do everything I've said. And people are dying so let's give up some more control! It's not if but when.
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Eric Meadows
          Typo Above: "Possibility spawns requirements"
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah let's make cars cost even more. On one hand they want population control and are killing us by feeding us GMOs and crap like aspartame then they supposedly want cars safer when the numbers are acceptably low now. At some point someone needs to do a cost benefit analysis. Not to mention this is yet one more step toward giving big brother control - more control of your life and where you are at AT ALL TIMES. As the former NSA head said, we now have the ability to know where every human being is on earth at any time. Why not link our cars to the predators flying overhead secretly??? Just in case Obama and holder need to kill an American without a trial. We need less government and less regulation. Not more. You know I am right because homeland security classifies anyone who is for states rights and for less government a terrorist!
      cadetgray
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a prop from the Woody Allen film Sleeper. I wonder if it will come with the Orgasmatron option?
      inuvik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ummmm, No