DOT: Drivers give thumbs-up to vehicle-to-vehicle communication system

May 30, 2012

Washington – A majority of drivers would support the installation in their cars of connected vehicle technology – technology that allows vehicles to “talk” to one another – to help prevent crashes, according to the Department of Transportation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Research and Innovation Technology Administration have been working with the auto industry and state and federal partners to research the effectiveness and feasibility of CVT, which would allow vehicles to alert their drivers about approaching intersections and notify drivers of cars in the blind spot, among other features. The first phase of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program involved hosting driver clinics, where 668 drivers were invited to participate. Findings from the driver clinics include:

  • 82 percent of participants strongly agreed that they would want vehicle-to-vehicle safety features installed in their own car.
  • More than 90 percent believe a number of CVT features would improve driving in the real world.

NHTSA and RITA are scheduled to launch the second phase of the pilot program this summer.