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New V2V technology on the horizon

Arkansas residents may be interested in news that the federal government could start taking an active role in implementing vehicle-to-vehicle technology during the near future. Its proponents contend that the innovation could ultimately lead to a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of most traffic collisions. Even though motorcyclists are often involved in the most serious accidents, they are not included in the first phase of field testing.

During 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first publicized plans to implement the communication technology in cars, pickup trucks SUVs and other light vehicles. V2V communication enables vehicles to exchange safety data, including velocity, at a rate of 10 times per second. The data is conveyed to the driver as a warning alert when there is an imminent threat of a collision occurring. The technology is specifically designed to warn drivers of accidents involving intersections, lane changes or rear-ending.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, V2V communication may be most effective in reducing the rate of multi-vehicle crashes. Field tests involved the deployment of almost 3,000 V2V equipped vehicles throughout Michigan during August 2012. The technology may still make roadways safer motorcyclists since it provides drivers with situational awareness 360 degrees around their vehicle.

Anyone who suffers injuries caused by another party may be interested in contacting a lawyer. Legal counsel may be able to help prove that another party is liable for the resulting damages. Lawyers may be able to might help victims of motorcycle accidents recover restitution that compensates for repair costs, medical expenses and loss of income. In order to prove the defendant is liable, legal counsel may need to gather enough evidence to support grounds for driver negligence.

Source: Ultimate MotorCycling Magazine, "Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications for Motorcycles?", Gary Ilminen, Jan. 6, 2015

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