Department of Transportation Testing Connected Car Tech in NYC
Around the world, automakers and transportation departments alike have been testing connected vehicle technology. Also known as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, this technology is the industry’s next big step towards preventing crashes and deaths. Testing for this technology has been mostly small-scale, ranging from Volvo taking to Scandinavian cities with 1,000 cars to the US Department of Transportation’s recent pilot testing of 3,000 cars in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now, the testing is about to get a whole lot bigger.
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The US Department of Transportation recently announced the funding of a pilot project that will take V2V testing to the Big Apple. New York City will receive $42 million to test as many as 10,000 cars that the city owns with the technology the department has spent years developing in Ann Arbor. Through V2V technology, cars are able to communicate with each other and with city infrastructure, learning more about their surroundings.
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Along with New York City, Wyoming will also test a V2V system to study high-traffic areas for trucking, while Tampa, Florida, will use the technology on pedestrians’ smartphones, allowing cars to sense where pedestrians are during traffic jams. This technology will eventually be required on all vehicles and US Department of Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx hopes it will be sooner rather than later.
With this large-scale testing, it looks like Foxx’s dreams will come true. Hopefully, the technology will continue to help keep drivers safe out on the road.
News Source: NBC News