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NHTSA Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on V2V Communications

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Jan. 19, 2017—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications on Wednesday.

The rule would establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), mandating V2V communications for new light vehicles and standardizing the message and format of the transmissions.

According to NHTSA, V2V messages will make use of the on-board, dedicated short-range radio communication (DSRC) devices to “transmit Basic Safety Messages (BSM) about a vehicle’s speed, heading, brake status, and other vehicle information to surrounding vehicles and receive the same information from them.”

The purpose of the rule is to reduce the number of crashes by allowing a vehicle to identify potential future hazards and notify the driver. NHTSA is currently requesting public comment through April 12, 2017.


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