Looking back, it’s hard to believe that cars have only been around for the last 130 years, and that consumers adopted them in the last century. Since then, automotive vehicles have been constantly evolving, with innovators finding creative solutions to problems before they arise.
Connected vehicle technology is one of the latest innovations to disrupt the way we drive. Here’s what you need to know about connected vehicle technology and the benefits it offers drivers and manufacturers.
What is Connected Vehicle Technology?
Connected vehicle technology is the use of short-range communication over a wireless network to help vehicles detect obstacles and hazards around them. When you have a car that notifies you when another car is in your blind spot or an obstacle is behind you when you reverse, you get a little bit of what connected vehicle technology has to offer. Autonomous or self-driving cars also rely on this technology.
As this technology develops, vehicles can detect each other regardless of make, model or purpose. For example, with connected car technology at DMI, a car at an intersection with an autonomous car and a public transport bus will detect both. In addition, the car would also detect traffic lights, a nearby building and a pedestrian waiting to cross.
The goal of connected vehicle technology is also to interact with mobile devices in a network through the Internet of Things (IoT). This connectivity is in line with smart home technology and how phones, lights, appliances, etc. interact with home assistants such as Google and Alexa. All messages transmitted by the vehicle are anonymous for security purposes.
The advantage is one: safety
A major benefit of connected vehicle technology is its impact on safety. According to a study funded by US Department of Transportation, CVT implementation could reduce fatal crashes by 13% over the next decade as implementation rates increase. About 35,000 MVAs die each year in the US, with accidents being one of the the main causes of child death.
Connected vehicles provide awareness of the area around the vehicle, even when the driver cannot see obstacles. Alerts are designed to improve response times and help anticipate and avoid potential crashes to reduce injuries and improve safety for everyone on the road.
Advantage two: efficiency and mobility
Before the pandemic, Americans were spending an average of 2.5 weeks sitting in traffic for a year. While that number dropped by 50% during the pandemic, it is expected to rebound as people return to work.
In addition to reducing accidents, CVT will also provide detailed information on open parking lots and shorter routes to optimize everyone’s travel time. Ideally, those who have spent so much time sitting in traffic can use 2.5 weeks to sit on a tropical beach.
Advantage three: sustainability
Sustainable development and environmental initiatives are also revolutionizing travel. With rising gasoline prices and the advent of electric vehicles, sustainability is key.
There is a direct relationship between time spent in traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon emissions from vehicles are taken into account 27% of greenhouse gas emissions in the USA. In addition to minimizing downtime, the CVT will also help optimize routes and manage speed, dramatically reducing carbon emissions.
Advantage four: saving money
Finally, the CVT offers savings for everyone. Consumers will benefit directly from fewer accidents, which lowers repair and health care costs. The CVT will also help minimize gas mileage. Indirectly, fewer accidents and better efficiency also reduce lost revenue. Ultimately, consumers should be able to negotiate their insurance rates based on the CVT.
While technology and evolution may seem daunting, the benefits speak for themselves. The CVT option will continue to revolutionize our transportation and make the roads smoother and safer for everyone.
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