The cars, trucks, and SUVs that are released today are able to do some truly amazing things. They can warn you when you’re veering out of your lane, let you know what’s happening behind your vehicle when you’re backing up, and more. But believe it or not, your next vehicle is going to be able to do some things that you never could have imagined. There are going to be certain tasks you won’t have to worry about at all when you’re behind the wheel.
A new type of technology called V2X is going to make it all possible. V2X is based on Dedicated Short Range Communications, and it’s going to make it possible for your vehicle to communicate with lots of other things that are out on the road. Your vehicle will be able to both send and receive signals from other objects that surround it and carry out simple tasks for you.
For example, V2X is going to allow for your next vehicle to “talk” to crosswalks in order to find out if people are crossing the street. Your vehicle will then be able to alert you to the pedestrians so that you can stop. V2X is also going to allow for you to pay tolls without having to stop at a booth. It’s even going to allow for you to track down a great parking spot without circling a block or driving around in a garage for half an hour. Your vehicle will be able to find parking spots for you and figuratively steer you in the right direction.
On top of all this, a lot of cars that are released in the near future will come with V2V installed. This type of technology will allow for your vehicle to talk to other vehicles on the road. This should, in theory, make driving a lot safer and help you avoid collisions and close calls.
Safety is such a big concern for so many drivers, and V2V will make them feel more secure.
There are still some kinks that need to be worked out with V2X and V2V technologies at this time. Car manufacturers are just starting to figure out the best ways to incorporate them into vehicles. One of the biggest kinks that we at 4N6XPRT Systems can foresee, is the human factors aspects of driver expectation and dependence. What happens when the driver comes across a cross walk with the V2X not installed, or not working? How does the V2V vehicle deal with a “block” of non-V2V equipped vehicles?
The impact of these situations will become more and more apparent as the technology becomes more common place, and thus relied upon by the average driver. But at the moment, it sure sounds like they’re going to come equipped in all NEW vehicles before long, and they could very well change your driving experiences once they hit the road.
At 4N6XPRT Systems, we’ve spent more than two decades developing powerful accident reconstruction software tools like 4N6XPRT BioMeknx to help insurance companies, law enforcement agencies and attorneys establish fault in car accidents.