According to Kelsey Campbell – Dollaghan at gizmodo.com, car-to-car conversations will be happening sooner than many people expect. The U.S department of transportation is showing complete support by investing 42 million into only three cities as a final test in hopes to reduce car accidents and accident deaths. The V2V or the Vehicle-to-Vehicle program was first tested in Ann Arbor in 2012 and has spread to 3000 vehicles in that area due to its success. V2V is also accompanied by Vehicle-2-infrastructure program, which is allowing the cars not only to be in sync with other cars but also allows the vehicles to link up with a cities infrastructure such as street signs and streetlights.
This program will be made possible by equipping automobiles with sensors laced around the front, back, and sides of vehicles and the use of “The Cloud”. The cloud will store massive amounts of data from the car to help control vehicles making drivers’ experience less stressful and more enjoyable. The cloud will send signals notifying drivers when there could be a potential collision approaching, stopping the vehicle, and moving the vehicle in a certain direction; but in doing so will it make people too dependent, too relaxed, and unaware? Allowing people to do dangerous things that they would not have done before while driving, such as text, eat, and view Facebook will decrease a person’s reaction time and make them unaware of their surroundings. Will the cloud be able to stop multiple pending accidents? This reliance on “The Cloud” by people will only create too much pressure on these programs, in which we don’t even know if it could handle.
V2V and Vehicle to infrastructure will revolutionize the driving experiences of everyday drivers and undoubtedly reduce accidents, but to reach that goal will be a difficult one. How much will it cost for an individual to lace his/her car with sensors? Although the government donated 42 million dollars, this money will only be awarded to 10,000 city owned automobiles, the other thousands of vehicles will not have this software and will that have an effect on how effective the V2V program is? Will the people who have this V2V be able to interact with those who do not have it or will these cars without sensors crash into the back of V2V system operated car due to the cloud thinking its preventing in a collision up ahead. This program is being set up for failure.