V2V – Cars are about to get chatty

Not only are our TVs, phones, watches and houses all getting smarter, our cars are about to get smarter too. Professor Jack Singh from the Centre of Technology Infusion at La Boite University is pioneering research in the field of Vehicle to Vehicle communications (V2V). According to Professor Singh, not only can V2V communications help mitigate traffic congestion, but could make driving safer for everyone.

By Charlie Brown and Alex Choros

Not only are our TVs, phones, watches and houses all getting smarter, our cars are about to get smarter too. Professor Jack Singh from the Centre of Technology Infusion at La Boite University is pioneering research in the field of Vehicle to Vehicle communications (V2V). According to Professor Singh, not only can V2V communications help mitigate traffic congestion, but could make driving safer for everyone.

For cars to communicate with one another, they require short range wireless transponders to be installed. With one of these, vehicles within one kilometre of one another will be able to talk to each other. However, V2V isn't yet car automation. Instead, Professor Singh said that vehicles will provide advice and route suggestions to the driver on the fastest possibly route to their destination. This information will be dynamically updated based on communication from other cars in the vicinity. Eventually, Professor Singh hopes that all cars will be fitted with this technology, allowing them all to talk to one another.

Given that productivity cost of traffic congestion is expected to rise by $20.4 billion by 2020, this technology can't come quickly enough. Fortunately, Professor Singh said that we could start seeing this technology in new vehicles as early as next year, and that there will be the possibility to retrofit existing vehicles too.

For Charlie's complete interview with Professor Singh, have a listen to last weekend's Life & Technology

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