Cadillac has announced that this month they will begin the installation of inter-vehicular communication systems, also known as Vehicle to Vehicle or V2V.
In a statement released just this past Thursday, a representative of the company claimed that the vehicles will be able to communicate up to 300 metres (or 1000 feet) and pass 1000 messages per second to track each other’s speed, position, and direction. It will be able to caution the drivers about any potential hazards on the road –any impairments, stalled or disabled vehicles ahead, slippery road conditions, or potential difficulties for breaking. As Richard Brekus, the global director of product strategy at Cadillac stated in the release, “Connecting vehicles through V2V holds tremendous potential, as this technology enables the car to acquire and analyze information outside the bounds of the driver’s field of vision”.
The intention is for the V2V system to come standard on all 2017 CTS in both the United States and Canada; the reason for this being that in order to be most effective, this technology must be in several cars on the road, making it something people would not want to shell out extra money for. The issue as of right now, however, is that the V2V system can only communicate with other Cadillac CTS 2017 models. While it is a guarantee that the technology will eventually end up in other GM vehicles, thus making it more effective, it is still up in the air as to whether or not other automotive brands will pursue it, however, Cadillac has expressed interest in opening the discussion with other brands in order to provide the best experience for their own customers on the road.
The frequency with which the vehicles will be able to communicate will be on a 5.9 GHz spectrum band, a channel approved by the Federal Communications Commission specifically for the use in automobiles. This allows for the vehicles to create an “ad hoc wireless network” which allows for the sharing of date between them without the need for satellites, cellular coverage, or good weather. Matthew Kirsch, the lead engineering group manager for automated driving and active safety, stated “[the vehicle] is sending out basic information that allows other CTS vehicles nearby to see each other, even if they’re not in the line of sight … [and] alerts the driver in advance of the hazard and gives the driver time to avoid by changing lanes or applying the brakes.”
It is uncertain as to whether or not this technology will take off or flop, however, the move towards making our roads safer for everyone is a positive one, even if it is just making room so that automakers can have the conversation about what is needed to be done.