Cars talking to other cars could become the new standard technology in new cars
Cars talking to other cars – it sounds like a futuristic tale, but this is actually already being done and it the government has its way, all cars will one day be talking to each other.
The Cadillac’s flagship 2017 CTS sedan currently has the technology to talk to other 2017 Cadillac CTS sedans. Engineers are calling this technology vehicle to vehicle communication, however Uncle Sam and General Motors call it the future of automotive safety in a country where more than 32,000 people died last year alone in collisions.
The vehicle to vehicle communication currently might allow one Cadillac warn another to a predicament. For example, if it was breaking too hard and wants the other luxury car drivers nearby to be aware.
However, advocates for the technology see a far brighter future for V2V technology. The V2V technology could potentially facilitate communication between all vehicles, possibly even including autonomous vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in favor of V2V and believes the technology could “revolutionize motor vehicle safety” and save more than 7,300 lives annually.
The technology allows the car to transmit about 1,000 messages each second to any similarly equipped car within a 1,000-foot radius.
The car can transmit messages such as “Hello, here I am” or “This is how fast I’m traveling, and my direction.”
However, there is some controversy over if V2V is actually even needed. Some people say that self-driving vehicles already rely upon LIDAR and do not need the technology. Therefore, another question arises of if the cost of deployment, about $300 per vehicle, is worth it if the technology isn’t really needed.
The question of if the technology is even a necessity also raises the question of if the auto industry should invest in technology that could be outdated, or even obsolete, before it even reaches most drivers.
In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety did propose making a dedicated short-range communication, one standard V2V, mandatory in all new cars by the year 2020.
While the new rule makes its way through the regulatory bureaucracy, Cadillac stands firm that they think they made the right decision.
“We’re excited to be part of this technology, pioneering this technology,” says Matthew Kirsch, an engineer in Cadillac’s automated driving and active safety group.
But, being the pioneer leaves Cadillac alone on the frontier. The 2017 Cadillac flagship CTS sedan still remains as the only car in the world that comes standard with dedicated short-range communications.