The connected car got a major push from the federal government today, as the Department of Transportation announced plans for a regulatory proposal that would require vehicle-to-vehicle…
The connected car got a major push from the federal government today, as the Department of Transportation announced plans for a regulatory proposal that would require vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices in a future year.
Not surprised about this. Heck, I’ve dreamed about it since I was 12.
What’s interesting is I don’t think the government will even have to step in; insurance companies will likely make it a de facto standard, much like black boxes seem set to become. That is, several insurance companies are testing black boxes, offering discounts on insurance for those who sign up. If *those* tests work well, black boxes/sensors will be basically standard, as we’ll all want smaller bills. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication would likely appeal to insurance companies as well, but there is one caveat:
To enable that technology, automakers need a new set of standards, something that’s remarkably rare in the insular car industry. Today’s announcement suggests the federal government may end up leading the way.
Insurance companies will want every car to be able to talk to every other one; car companies may not, instead offering custom solutions, competing for which system will ultimately be deemed the best/safest. We’ll see.