Three months ago, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) put forth a proposal that would require all automotive manufacturers to incorporate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications sensors and technology with every new vehicle that rolls off the line. The mandate would require new vehicles be equipped with Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) hardware. Amongst other expectations, the initiative demonstrates a tremendous effort to help our nation meet its goal of reaching zero traffic deaths over the next 20 years. While seemingly beneficial to the naked eye, the proposal has some key issues that need rethinking. If you have a few hours to spare or a flight to Europe, feel free to read the entire NHTSA proposal here:
NHTSA Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: V2V Communications
We here at HAAS Alert, a V2V company, also a member of the Road to Zero (Deaths) Coalition, are working tirelessly to craft the future of urban transportation and autonomous driving. We fully support what the ideas represent, however, the mandate as drafted, is inherently flawed and a bit misguided.
In a nutshell, DSRC has some heavy political baggage to go along with it. Not to mention over 20 years of research and development in the making, of a technology that has yet to be fully realized. A lot has changed in the past two decades since its inception, and the economic deadweight and impractical nature of what the technology presents, is simply not feasible.It is our position that the outcomes, not the technology to make it happen, is a more suitable conversation for what the methods to get us there ought to be. And believe it or not, there are other, more highly actionable means to success, that can be realized in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of instating DSRC automotive technology and infrastructure.
What is encouraging is the message overall. Technology will bring us smarter cities and safer roads. We would all like to work towards zero deaths on our roads, but we need to make sure it is done in the most responsible manner that the benefits are actionable, cost efficient and globally feasible.
Industry experts and the public alike, were invited to submit comments to the proposal (the response deadline has now passed). You can view HAAS Alerts’ entire response to the mandate here:
Response to NHTSA Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: V2V Communications
We're always discussing these topics around here so feel free to contact us with questions, comments, or if you simply would like more information.