Consumer Reports: V2V and me: Driving the smart cars of the future, February 22, 2012


The future of vehicle safety depends on talking cars. That is, cars that can communicate wirelessly, sharing data on their speed and positing, giving them the ability to alert drivers of potential dangers.

Through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology, warnings could be triggered by a car slamming on their brakes in front of you, running a red light, or moving into your lane. Instead of dealing with the after effects of an accident, this technology would alert you to prevent a crash from occurring in the first place.

I recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of various connected vehicles at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) pilot test at a former naval air station in Alameda, California, and experience this promising new technology first hand.