This is the idea behind the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Connected Vehicle (CV) initiative, which enables safe, interoperable networked wireless communications among vehicles, the infrastructure and passenger’s personal communications devices. CV technology will also help to cut down on fuel use and pollution by making the roadways smarter and more efficient for drivers.
In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether to require CV technology on future vehicles as a safety device, like seat belts and air bags. This decision would lead to full CV technology implementation in vehicles around the 2020 model year.
CV technology can provide a significant impact on roadway safety, especially during widespread emergencies. This could potentially decrease public agencies’ litigation costs due to fewer collisions. Municipalities can begin preparing for this mandate today using existing budgets and cost-sharing CV Roadside Equipment and maintenance among Traffic, Transit and Emergency Agencies. Since new features and functions can be uploaded as software apps, local universities and entrepreneurs can begin developing transportation apps.