White House Puts Brakes on Vehicle-to-Vehicle Mandate

November 1, 2017

The Trump administration has set aside plans to mandate new cars to be able to wirelessly sense and talk to each other in a common "language," according to an Associated Press report quoting unnamed sources. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a new rule to require all new vehicles to have vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities with a timeline that would have brought compliance by 2023.

Industry responds

Currently, some individual auto manufacturers offer V2V systems in their cars, but the federal mandate would ensure a common protocol would be used by all manufacturers.

According to AP, the White House doesn't want to add another regulation to the auto industry despite the DOT's estimate that V2V technology has the potential to prevent or reduce the severity of up to 80 percent of collisions that don’t involve alcohol or drugs.

Read the Associated Press story here.