NHTSA Issues New Proposed Policy on V2V Technology, Connected Vehicles

NHTSA depiction of automobiles using vechicle-conected technology (V2V) communications.

NHTSA depiction of automobiles using vechicle-conected technology (V2V) communications.

August 28, 2017 | Source: Driverless Transportation, driverlesstransportation.com, 14 December 2016, Jennifer van der Kleut

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) on Tuesday proposed a new national policy that, among other things, would mandate that connected vehicle technology (V2V) be included in all new light-weight vehicles that are manufactured, establish standards for vehicle-to-vehicle messages and transmissions, and mandate that data be made available to the federal government.

The agency released an announcement in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) that detailed the ins and outs of the new policy, should be it officially adopted by the U.S. government.

Highlights of the proposed policy include:

  • The requiring of all automakers to include connected-vehicle technology (V2V) in all new light-weight vehicles;
  • A mandate that all V2V devices would use dedicated short range communications (DSRC) to transmit data, such as location, direction and speed, to nearby vehicles;
  • The mandating of across-the-board standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications, to ensure all vehicles “speak the same language;” and
  • Rules that ensure that V2V data being transmitted is protected by strong cybersecurity measures, and not “linkable to any individual.”

NHTSA officials said the Federal Highway Institute plans to issue more formal guidance on V2V communications soon.

Additional information and data sheets for DOT V2V communications technology and NHTSA V2V Policy can be found at, https://icsw.nhtsa.gov/safercar/v2v.