A Dialogue with Industry, a Conversation between Cars
Safety is our first priority here at the DOT. It always has been; it always will be. That's why today, it was my privilege to take part in events highlighting vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) and vehicle automation technology innovations.
Companies like these are at the forefront of producing one of the most sought after technologies in transportation –the self-driving car. In April, Delphi Automotive completed a 3,400 mile journey from California to New York with 99 percent of the drive taking place in fully automated mode. The company has said before “Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication are key to achieving Delphi’s vision of zero fatalities, zero accidents and zero injuries on the world's roadways.”
We couldn't agree more with those goals. Like Delphi, DOT is also committed to a world with zero traffic fatalities.
And in light of that commitment, I'm proud to announce that DOT is accelerating our timetable on a proposed V2V rule that would require vehicle-to-vehicle equipment --technology that allows cars to “talk” to one another-- in all new vehicles. V2V technology is a critical element of the connected automation that makes driverless cars as safe as possible.
Secretary Foxx at Delphi Automotive, photo by David Louie (@abc7david).
- First, I have directed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to accelerate the timetable for its proposal to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology in new vehicles.
- Second, we’re committing to rapid testing that would ensure life-saving V2V transmissions aren’t obstructed by radio interference. We stand ready to complete this testing, which many in Congress, the FCC, and industry are eager to complete within 12 months of receiving production-ready devices to test. Combined, these two commitments will accelerate the introduction of V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems, which are key components of the connected, automated future.
- Third, I’ve asked NHTSA to begin work aimed at ensuring our regulatory framework encourages the deployment of innovations demonstrated to increase traffic safety.
Together, these steps will support the current revolution in vehicle safety technologies while also making sure those technologies are safe.
Nurturing V2V development is just part of our larger effort to move from a 20th Century transportation model to a modern model that is safer, more efficient, more sustainable, and more economically productive. That’s why we launched our Beyond Traffic draft framework, and why we encourage you to join the conversation about how we can build a 21st Century transportation system.
Innovations that make our roads and highways safer are essential to building that system. Today’s auto safety standards focus mostly on making millions of crashes each year more survivable. We want to move to a new era in which safety isn’t just about surviving crashes, but making sure that they never happen.
Government policy is essential to speeding up these innovations – V2V is just one example. And if we identify areas where policies, regulations, or statutes may prevent innovations from achieving their full safety potential, we will make changes when we have the authority to do so, and we will work with Congress where necessary to make sure life-saving technologies are deployed.
Every successful innovation means potential lives saved. So every delay is meaningful. We are in a race against time, and it is critical that technologies like V2V make it onto our roadways as soon as possible.