The DOT plans to expedite making vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication a requirement in future cars, autonomous or otherwise. The V2V technologies likely won’t become requirements for years to come — the proposal is called Beyond Traffic 2045 — but many autonomous driving technologies are hitting the road today. DOT Secretary Foxx says:
The Department wants to speed the nation toward an era when vehicle safety isn’t just about surviving crashes; it’s about avoiding them. Connected, automated vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure have the potential to revolutionize road safety and save thousands of lives. Autonomous technologies will lead to cars that can drive themselves better than a human can.