Connecting vehicles through 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 technology 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 on-board 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.