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Is V2V communication the solution to future crash prevention?

19 Feb 2014   |   Articles
Is V2V communication the solution to future crash prevention?
Imagine a world where accidents between vehicles are non-existent. This could soon be a reality, with research underway in Australia and overseas to improve “vehicle to vehicle” (V2V) safety.

The US government is looking to make V2V communication mandatory in a bid to reduce the amount of two-car accidents on their roads. The revolutionary development would allow cars to exchange information in areas such as speed, direction and position at a rate of 10 times per second.
How will this aid the driver?
The data provided via V2V communication will offer the driver 360-degree situational risk awareness. This will then be converted into information that will allow the driver to make an informed decision on whether it is safe to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road or make a turn across the path of oncoming traffic, for example. Vehicles will be able to identify risks and provide drivers with warnings that will assist with the avoidance of rear-end, lane change, and intersection crashes.
However, this is not enough...
This is an exciting development that will be eagerly embraced not only by consumers but also by employers with fleets of drivers on the road.
However, while this new development will be a significant step in making our roads safer, it is only a partial solution to curbing vehicle accidents and reducing the road toll. According to the Australian Buruea of Statistics’ 2012 Yearbook, 42% of road fatalities across Australia in 2010 were the result of multiple vehicle crashes, and 44 per cent were single vehicle accidents. This means that to improve road safety, we still need to attend to crucial safety issues such as driver fatigue.
This is a particularly important point for fleet managers, who need to ensure the safety of their mobile workforce.
According to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety in Queensland, fatigue contributes to between 20-30 per cent of all road fatalities – and up to 50 per cent of semi-trailer single vehicle fatalities. Fatigue is as risky as driving under the influence, and driving through the night presents the biggest hazard.
This is where journey management comes in. Whether in-house or outsourced, tracking driver journeys from departure to arrival and monitoring scheduled rest breaks to ensure drivers regularly “stop and revive” can be essential over long distances, or for drivers operating in remote locations. In Vehicle Monitoring Systems that can audibly alert the driver whenever they speed, corner too harshly or hit the brakes too hard can also play a part.
There are a number of IMVS and fleet management tools that can assist and enhance driver safety and which will allow employers to provide a safer working environment on the road.
V2V communications will undeniably be a major step in improving the safety of vehicle occupants. However, it would be a mistake to allow it to make us complacent or view it as a complete road safety solution.