US DOT Issues New Proposed Rule for Connected Vehicle Regulations
January 30, 2017

Pete Goldin

In December, the USDOT issued a proposed rule that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the US light vehicle fleet.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by enabling vehicles to communicate.

“We are carrying the ball as far as we can to realize the potential of transportation technology to save lives,” said US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This long promised V2V rule is the next step in that progression. Once deployed, V2V will provide 360-degree situational awareness on the road and will help us enhance vehicle safety.”

The proposed rule would require auto OEMs to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty vehicles. The rule proposes requiring V2V devices to “speak the same language” through standardized messaging developed with industry.

The notice of proposed rulemaking will be open for public comment for 90 days.

ITS America applauds the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for issuing a proposed standard for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies for cars and light trucks. ITS America also welcomes the announcement that the Department plans to soon issue guidance for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications.

“The proposed V2V standard is an extremely important step forward toward ensuring the full potential of connected vehicle technology which will dramatically reduce roadway fatalities and transform mobility in our nation,” said Regina Hopper, President and CEO of ITS America. “This proposed standard, developed with industry, will ensure that we quickly achieve a critical mass of vehicles on the road that can communicate with each other and with roadway infrastructure such as intersections, on-ramps, and work zones.”