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V2V Technology Gets Its First Big Test

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kenish
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kenish   8/29/2012 6:20:18 PM
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@Rob- I see "safety" devices progressively dumbing down the average driving ability.  The safety devices aren't a problem, but create a "Can't get hurt in my car or hurt anyone else" mindset.  Not as much caution is exercised while driving.

So, you have a bunch of drivers thinking that running a red light or making an unsafe lane change has no consequence....the V2V system will prevent an accident. As a motorcycle rider, that's terrifying to think about (presumably there's no practical way to put avoidance control laws into a bike). I'd also worry if I'm driving a non-equipped car sharing the road with drivers who think their electronics will prevent a collision.

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Rob Spiegel   8/31/2012 5:13:51 PM
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Interesting thoughts, Kenish. I can certainly understand your concerns as a motorcycle rider. I know my driving care would not change with a V2V car. But it might be a different matter with younger drivers who may come to take the V2V technology for granted.

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Scott Orlosky   9/3/2012 4:15:46 PM
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Lots of interesting aspects to consider: technology; critical mass; safety; liability; efficiency; costs to name a few.  It's hard to say in advance, which of these will dominate, but the tests so far of smart cars (and there have been many over the last 10 years) all point to a single likely outcome - fewer accidents.  If that's the eventual endgame, it's hard to image that too many people would object (except for operators of funeral parlors). Maybe the insurance companies should be funding this research - after all fewer payouts = more profits!

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Rob Spiegel   9/3/2012 8:24:45 PM
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Good point about the insurance companies, Scott. Cars keep getting safer. Already there are fewer traffic deaths per year than in the 1970s, even though there are significantly more cars on the road. The V2V is likely to have a profound impact on driving traffic death even lower.

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