DOT launches vehicle-to-vehicle crash-avoidance technology test

Ann Arbor, MI – The Department of Transportation on Aug. 21 equipped nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses in Ann Arbor, MI, with wireless vehicle-to-vehicle messaging crash-avoidance technology for a real-world test.

The launch initiates the second phase of DOT’s yearlong pilot study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute on the safety impacts of V2V technology. Vehicles in the study will be able to “talk” to each other via Wi-Fi and warn drivers about hazardous traffic situations, such as a vehicle unexpectedly braking or changing lanes into a driver’s blind spot. The technology also would allow vehicles to communicate with infrastructure to help reduce single-vehicle crashes.

The results of the road test may be used to create a proposed rulemaking on the technology in 2013, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release.

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