General Motors (GM) has long been on the international motor scene, and they do look primed to be around for a long time more as well, with their latest development being research and development of a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications technology. Entering the critical test phase of this development at the moment, GM will provide eight specially equipped vehicles for a year to get up and about in real-world testing. The V2V-equipped Buick and Cadillac cars will eventually be the blueprint for a future, and far larger, fleet of passenger cars, commercial trucks and transit vehicles which will participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment Program.
Expect the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to conduct this program, which was specially designed to determine the effectiveness of V2V and V2I safety technologies when it comes to reducing the rate of accidents. All collected data from these test vehicles will then be computed in order to come up with an overall measure of system benefits, and if correctly done with beneficial results, a wide-scale deployment of V2V technology might commence before we arrive at the end of the decade. Self-driving cars and safer roads would certainly make long commutes a whole lot more pleasant, no? [Press Release]