Every year, MIT and its Technology Review list the top ten technologies of the year which could conceivably contribute the most to solving difficult problems, or generally make the world better. For 2015, MIT has selected V2V – or vehicle-to-vehicle communication – as one of these “Breakthrough Technologies.”
V2V is a technology that’s been developing for some years, which uses a specific radio bandwidth to allow cars to “talk” to each other. In this way, a vehicle could communicate its presence to another before the driver ever sees it, with a potentially great impact on collision avoidance and mitigating blindspots.
General Motors put out an official release announcing MIT’s recognition of V2V as an important emerging technology, and the automaker takes pride in having been one of the first – if not the first – to begin active development of the safety feature. It was demonstrated as far back as 2006 by Cadillac, and will feature in the 2017 Cadillac CTS.
General Motors is the first automaker to commit to rolling V2V out in a production car, though plenty of other manufacturers are working on their own V2V systems.