Over the years car safety has evolved from passive safety devices like seat belts and air bags designed to help people survive crashes to active safety devices like electronic stability control and collision avoidance systems. According to Consumer Reports the next “evolution” in car safety will be the “smart car” in which cars will communicate electronically with each other. This “smart car” technology is still a few years away from implementation but the development is exciting and will be an important aid in preventing future car accidents.
How will “smart car,” or connected-vehicle technology work? Cars will be equipped with electronics that will transmit their own data at a rate of 10 times per second and have a real time virtual map of all cars in the area transmitting their data on speed, location, and direction. These electronics will be able to calculate whether another vehicle is on a collision course with any other vehicle and alert the driver to the problem.
The National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration has labeled this new technology V2X and has been working with the Federal Communications Commission on this since 1999 when the FCC was asked to set aside part of the wireless spectrum for Dedicated Short Range Communications which would allow information to be transmitted between vehicles and other infrastructure. In 2002 NHTSA began collaboration with Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Hyundai-Kia to develop a standard platform for this technology that could be used uniformly regardless of the manufacturer.
V2X Vehicles Now in Testing
In 2011 & 2012 NHTSA began testing vehicles equipped with the “smart car” technology. For the V2X technology to be effective, many of the vehicles on the road would need to be equipped with the new technology. So although future new cars coming off the assembly line can be expected to have this feature, what about all the older cars which we can expect to be on the roadways for years to come? A number of automakers are working on this problem by researching a way to retrofit older cars. One way they are looking to accomplish this is by a stand-alone portable transponder which might be the same size and look of the current GPS navigation systems many drivers now use. The transponder however, unlike a GPS unit, would need to have the ability to send and receive a signal and link it to the car’s audio and video displays.
We have a lot of new technology in the works to help with driving safety in the coming years. But for now, we still have to live in a world where car accidents are common. If you have been injured in a car accident you should always consult with a car accident attorney to make sure you will be adequately and fully compensated for your damages.
Most personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency basis, which means you will not ordinarily have any out of pocket expenses since the attorney takes his fees out of whatever settlement you receive. They also typically offer a free initial consultation on your accident injury claim so you can be advised if you have a good case and what your options are.
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