Vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology has often been noted as an essential technology for self-driving cars. Not only does the technology allow vehicles to communicate with other cars to alert of potentially hazardous situations, but vehicle-to-infrastructure tech helps cars understand the road ahead.
It’s the tech that warns drivers of road conditions, traffic incidents and even when a traffic signal will turn from yellow to red. Many believe it’s an essential piece of technology in a future where cars do the driving, no humans. However, a mandate to equip every new car with V2V technology has been stalled under the Trump administration. Despite the administration revealing new self-driving car testing guidelines, V2V was overlooked, according to Bloomberg.
The Obama administration previously laid out a proposal to equip all cars with V2V tech by the year 2023. Without a government mandate, automakers see no incentive to install the necessary equipment, which costs about $350 per vehicle.
“Unless it gets mandated, nobody is going to put it on their cars,” said Glen De Vos, chief technology officer at Delphi Automotive.
General Motors rolled out V2V technology in the Cadillac CTS, though, it’s essentially useless if no other vehicles are available to communicate with. Only 2017 CTS sedans will be capable of “talking” to each other to uncover situations and potential road hazards.
Proponents for the tech argue self-driving cars need to understand every single situation they are faced with. In order to operate in the safest way possible, V2V is essential to create a grid of smart, autonomous vehicles.
With no sign of a government mandate, it’s likely the technology will be stalled for years to come. U.S. Transportation secretary Elaine Chao previously suggested state and local governments should tackle the implementation of V2I structures for V2V to really take off.
“There will be a competitive process in which those projects that have greater innovation and are more forward-looking will have a larger share of our federal dollars,” Chao said. “The technology will determine the trend.”