Traffic accidents may cease due to connected vehicle research in Ann Arbor MI
GM is helping to drive a critical phase of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) tests in Ann Arbor, MI, that was announced two months ago and which launched today. The company is providing eight specially equipped Buick and Cadillac vehicles for a year of real-world testing. These vehicles are part of a larger fleet of passenger cars, commercial trucks and transit vehicles in the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment Program.
The research program is being led by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute and is looking into vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology to reduce collisions.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is scheduled to, in late 2013, look at the data to measure overall benefits of V2V and V2I technology. If successful there could be widespread deployment of V2V technology by 2020.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority, and this research could save lives and prevent injuries across America,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a transportation department press release about the project. “With more than 30,000 people a year killed on our nation's roads, we need to keep looking for new ways to improve safety and reduce fatalities.”
What does V2V and V2I mean in practice? V2V allows vehicles to send data back and forth, directly between vehicles. This is basic information such as location, speed and direction of travel. The V2I part of the system shares information about traffic signals, road attributes and traffic conditions. In other words, with V2V vehicles have more information about the traffic around them, while with V2I vehicles gather higher level information on a larger scale.