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News   February 9, 2018   by Danielle Oswald

MEMA wants action on proposed V2V rule

Group still waiting on response to proposals sent more than a year ago


The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association is pushing for action on a U.S. federal proposal that ensures vehicle to vehicle communication (V2V) for all new vehicles.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) new rule would enable new light cars to exchange basic safety messages with surrounding vehicles, which would allow cars with the technology to “see” and “talk” to each other. This proposal would establish a new federal motor vehicle safety standard. 

“Motor vehicle suppliers are committed to vehicle safety and are key developers of the technologies needed to avoid and mitigate crashes. V2V technology is one of the critical components to enhance vehicle safety and eliminating and reducing fatalities and injuries on U.S. roadways,” said MEMA president and CEO Steve Handschuh. “But waiting will cost lives. Now is the time to take action on this rule.”  

 In the MEMA’s submission to the NHTSA, the group highlighted the importance of using today’s technology such as dedicated short range communication (DSRC), and maintaining the 5.9 GHz spectrum for intelligent transportation systems. 

“Although potential V2V technology alternatives may become available at some undefined point in the future, deployment of a 5.9 GHz, DSRC V2V system is critical to achieve the next level of vehicle safety enhancements necessary to reduce fatalities on U.S. roadways today,” the MEMA said. “This technology is well understood and has been rigorously tested in real-world conditions by our vehicle supplier members and their original equipment manufacturer customers.” 

Suppliers of both light and heavy vehicle components and systems are active in these sorts of multiple cooperative activities. The MEMA said it has has addressed the importance of the rule and wants accurate research to take place to ensure that steps are being made for V2V vehicles to move forward.