Local Real-Time Traffic – Providing valuable information allowing commuters to make informed decisions in local traffic situations.
Weather and Road Conditions – Receiving real-time weather alerts and road condition hazards such as road debris, heavy fog or an accident.
In-Vehicle information – Dashboard display of nearby road signs or roadwork warnings making them easier to recognize without distraction.
Emergency Vehicle Warning – Emergency vehicles can request a green traffic light when approaching an intersection to clear congestion. A simultaneous warning can alert drivers of an oncoming emergency vehicle approaching before otherwise realizing its presence.
Stalled Vehicle – Warning drivers about a stationary vehicle or vehicles on the road or roadside before approaching can help navigate traffic and reduce risk of accident.
Go Green Speed Advice – Save time, gas and reduce pollution when receiving speed advice when approaching a traffic light.
Connecting vehicles through the vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) hardware and software devices and applications will dramatically accelerate the ability of consumers and our nation’s economy to move from point A to point Z more safely, efficiently and in a more sustainable way than ever before. The combination of sensors, high-speed connectivity, big data analytics, and advanced computing technology will be in place which can communicate with enabled vehicles to guide them safely and reliably on major thoroughfares. Vehicles are expected to be capable of operating in a driverless mode within two to five years, according to many technologies and automotive leaders (including Google and Tesla, Ford, Volvo, and Cadillac, to name just a few).
Already, vehicle navigation systems or smartphone apps can guide commuters around traffic congestion, accidents and the like, optimize a trip based on cost, distance and speed, and include first responder and weather alerts as well. It won’t be long before your onboard digital assistant will plan the best route to get you to appointments on time and make any necessary notifications en route. Vehicles are rapidly becoming “connected” to the driver and communicating important information. Already, there are systems installed on major highways and interstates that make possible automated or dynamic pricing facilities to better manage traffic flows and reduce congestion. Now imagine if that information could be communicated directly to your connected vehicle and, based on user preferences, optimize your trip? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pushing to modernize collision-avoidance technologies versus crash worthiness alone.