Vehicle to vehicle technology - More than just safety applications


Vehicle to vehicle technology - More than just safety applications

Source: FleetAnswers V2V communication has many applications for today's fleets. Safety, which was discussed in the first part, is perhaps one of the most promising. With over 10 million motor-vehicle crashes occurring annually, resulting in around 33,000 fatalities, safety is a very real concern for the modern fleet.

Yet safety is far from the only benefit. Eco-friendly applications are also popular with many commercial fleets, which are always looking for ways to "go green" and improve their customer image. This technology has far-reaching opportunities for the modern fleet, and the transportation industry in general, that need to be explored.

Improving Traffic Management

If V2V communication is embraced in a widespread manner, and embraced by law enforcement officials, it can be used to monitor and manage traffic. When congestion occurs, the data can be used to create a real-time response to congestion, such as adapting the schedule of traffic lights or varying the speed limit.

Law enforcement officials who tap into this technology can use it to broadcast directions to drivers. Pull over commands, for example, may be more effective than the flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror. The system could display speed limit warnings when drivers are speeding and allow for restricted entries when needed. These do not directly impact fleets beyond the ways in which they would impact all drivers, but the possibilities are interesting to consider.

On the fleet level, V2V communication can pinpoint areas of traffic problems and allow drivers to avoid congested areas in favor of less congested routes. While these applications are still far in the future, thinking about the possibilities is interesting for those who work within the transportation industry.

Providing Driver Assistance

Driver assistance puts drivers in better control of their vehicles. Simple warnings, like the height of an upcoming bridge, can be invaluable to a driver in a large fleet vehicle. V2V technology may help with parking, including parallel parking, by providing information about the other vehicles nearby. It could provide lane keeping assistance as well, helping drivers avoid dangerous drifts out of their lanes.

Providing Direction and Route Optimization

One of the reasons fleets often invest in fleet management systems is to help optimize routes so drivers can get to their destinations as efficiently as possible. Vehicle communication could potentially give drivers travel-related information directly through the communication system. Maps, destination location and even route optimization tips can all be delivered in this way.

When a greater number of vehicles have V2V technology, the information received from other vehicles can be used to give real-time information to optimize the route. In other words, drivers would not be left relying on GPS, which can only optimize the route based on the number of miles and seed limit, but rather can rely on what is happening in the current driving condition. This could, in turn, improve customer service for the modern fleet. When the typically best route is congested or running slowly, the system can alert the driver to an alternative.

In the V2V communication world, exciting changes are on the horizon. For the fleet that is dedicated to safety and efficiency, this technology holds great promise. Adding V2V technology to existing vehicles is not expensive, nor is it difficult. The key to seeing these benefits will be widespread acceptance of the technology in all types of vehicles. Once this happens, fleets can begin to enjoy these beneficial applications.