vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I)

First the stats:
In 2009 there were 5.5 million crashes and 2.2 million injuries.
users wasted 4.8 billion hours stuck in traffic in 2010 – nearly one full work week.
3.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel by congestion, accidents and untimed lights.
28% of the country’s GHG emissions is contributed by the transportation sector.

With V2V – if you come up on a traffic light you will know how long before the light turns red, or green, so that you know whether to slow down or keep going straight thru.
Has to seamless – if you get too much information you will start ignoring it.

Imagine apps that can help you find open parking spaces, locate available taxis, guarantee you make your bus or train connection or help a blind pedestrian cross the street.

Safety – NHTSA – In 2009 there were 5.5 million crashes and 2.2 million injuries. Vehicle to Vehicle combined with Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) will give all drivers the tools to anticipate potential crashes. U.S. DOT says 81% of all crashes could be cured.

It’s called rubber necking baby – that’s not all right with me.

Mobility – Texas Transportation Institute – U.S. highway users wasted 4.8 billion hours stuck in traffic in 2010 – nearly one full work week. V2V application enables system users to have real world – car users will “talk to each other and highway infrastructure” 10 times a second per car- choices that reduce travel delay.

V2I – traffic signals, work zones, toll booths, school zones.

Environment – Texas Transporatiation Insitute – 3.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel by congestion, accidents and untimed lights.

Connected vehicle technology allows cars to avoid crashes by communicating with each other and the roadway Infrastructure. This system uses GPS, wifi,sensors, and a Federal communications Commission (FCC) approved dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) radio frequency (5.9 GHZ) .

ITS America established in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to foster the use of advanced technologies across American’s surface transportation system.

Privacy issue – The VIN number is not taken, the vehicle communicates anonymously, so vehicles can’t be tracked.

OEMS – General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi, Toyota,

Eight agencies –
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Maritime Administration (MARAD)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.