GM to Test Cisco's V2V Technology for Safer Travel Experience

By CIOReview | Monday, June 29, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: General Motors (GM) plans to begin testing new Cisco’s vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology that could allow connected cars to share radio communication bands with roadside Wi-Fi devices, reports David Morgan for Reuters.

According to the USDoT, 5.6 million crashes occurred in 2012 alone, resulting in more than 33,000 fatalities. The five billion hours of travel delay in the U.S. increase fuel consumption by 2.9 billion gallons, adding up to 56 billion pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year. Connected vehicle technologies will empower drivers and system operators to make informed decisions that can mitigate traffic and transit delays and avoid potential collisions.

Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) V2V technology allows cars to communicate with each other using 5.9GHz radio spectrum to share information about their relative positions, speed, heading and braking status to avoid collision and warn drivers of possible risks. GM plans to implement V2V communication technology in 2017 Cadillac CTS.

"We are very optimistic about a sharing proposal from Cisco that would operate on a 'listen, detect and vacate' basis," said Harry Lightsey, ED, Global Connected Customer Experience, GM. "We have engaged with Cisco and plan to begin testing their technology as soon as possible."

The new developments fall in line with the U.S. Transportation Secretary’s vision to speed up technologies that save lives by reducing the number of vehicle crashes.

“The Department wants to speed the nation toward an era when vehicle safety isn’t just about surviving crashes; it’s about avoiding them,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “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.”