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U.S. DOT Pushes for Advancement of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication to Save Lives

Miami Personal Injury Attorneys Explore How Technology Could End Car Accidents

The United States Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule recently that would mandate the development and widespread adoption of connected vehicle technologies throughout the nation. Under the proposed rule, all new “light duty” vehicles, which includes any vehicle weighing 10,000 pounds or less, would enable vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology.  Accordingly, all new vehicles would have the potential to avoid a multitude of crash scenarios by “talking” to one another.  Soon, the DOT also plans to issue a rule requiring the adoption of vehicle to infrastructure technology, which allows cars to communicate with their surroundings, such as traffic lights and stop signs.  Our South Florida personal injury lawyers anticipate that these technologies combined will save thousands of lives.

Vehicle Communication Technologies

Each year, around 40,000 Americans are killed in car accidents.  Human error is the number one cause of all accidents. Vehicle communication technologies, like V2V and V2I, eliminate, at least partly, the human error component to driving.  These technologies can react when humans fail to in order to prevent accidents.  It is predicted that vehicle communication technologies could prevent or mitigate some 80 percent of all accidents.  Our Miami personal injury attorneys discuss each of these technologies below:

  • Vehicle to Vehicle Communication: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication, V2V, or car-to-car communication, allows cars to “talk” to one another. Using a shared language, vehicles can broadcast their location, speed, and more. Using this information, vehicles equipped with the technology can identify risks and warn drivers of potential crashes. Vehicles with automatic braking and other smart features will also benefit from the communications.
  • Vehicle to Infrastructure Communication: Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication, or V2I, allows vehicles to interact with the environment. V2I equipped vehicles will communicate with traffic, road signs, and even pedestrians. V2I will relay important information like road blocks or traffic to allow vehicles to eliminate potential hazards.

 

Advanced vehicle technologies could save untold lives in the coming years. By beginning to mandate widespread adoption of these technologies, the government is progressively pushing car manufacturers to embrace new technology.  It is hoped that by forcing car makers to implement these live-saving technologies in all new cars, the cost of so-called “smart” cars will also decrease, making them affordable to far more customers than currently.

As vehicle technology continues to grow, it is easy to imagine a future of self-driving vehicles. In the future, it is likely that Americans will not drive themselves at all.  Fully tested self-driving vehicles will transport passengers to and from.  Accidents will be unheard of because without human error, the number one cause of car accidents will be gone.

Contact the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!

The Miami Personal Injury Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano encourage the development and expansion of new technologies that will prevent car accidents and save lives. We hope in the coming decades that car accidents become a thing of the past.  Until then, if you do find yourself injured in a car or other traffic related accident, contact our dedicated personal injury lawyers.  At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case.  We will diligently strive to see that you recover the full compensation to which you are entitled.  We have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and have been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald.  Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation.  You can also contact us online.

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