When it comes to accidents involved large trucks, a key aspect to preventing injuries is reducing the likelihood of a crash entirely. According to the MIT Technological Review, a new safety technology released in 2015 could do just that. The technology, known as vehicle-to-vehicle communication, should start showing up in new models of vehicles within the next two years.
How Does Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Work?
While it may sound like something out of science fiction, this technology is very real and coming very soon. An extension of current driver assist features, the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system will be able to do the following:
- connect drivers who are driving near each other.
- allow vehicles to gather information on what other vehicles are doing, even when the driver is unable to see the other vehicle.
- utilize radio chips that broadcast information about a vehicle’s location, speed, steering wheel position, and brake status. These broadcasts are made several times every second.
- communicate via the radio chips up to a quarter of a mile in all directions. This distance is much farther than current driver assist sensors in today’s vehicles. These systems often only work for vehicles that a driver can physically see.
Ideally, this technology will give drivers more time to react to the actions of large trucks and other vehicles sharing the road. Large trucks in particular have difficulty stopping or reacting as quickly as their smaller vehicular counterparts. This inability to stop or take evasive measures in a quick manner is a frequent contributor to accidents involving large trucks. Improving driver awareness of the other motorists on the road can help avoid collisions before they occur.
What to Do If You Need Help Now
While this new technology is promising, it will not begin to reduce the number of accidents until a majority of vehicles sharing our roadways come equipped with it. Clearly, this will take some time. If you were already involved in an accident involving a large truck, unfortunately, it is too late for vehicle-to-vehicle technology to help keep you safe from injury. It is important to act quickly after a crash and take the proper steps to protect your legal rights. To learn more, we encourage you to check out our free guide, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim! 10 Rules of the Road to Win Your Accident Case in Missouri & Kansas.