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Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology is Putting Safety on the Road

Key Takeaways:

  1. Vehicle-to-vehicle technology can save lives and make accidents a thing of the past.
  2. Increased driver safety is a top goal for mobility innovation.
  3. General Motors Co. is leading mobility research with its $14 million, 52-acre test facility in Milford.

Car accidents are accepted as an unfortunate, yet inevitable aspect of driving. However, new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is allowing the auto industry to contemplate and visualize a future where crashes are rare, possibly even non-existent.

At the 2015 MICHauto Summit, Harry Lightsey III, General Motors Co.’s executive director of Global Connected Customer Experience, showcased some of the technology the company is utilizing to make driving safer during a keynote address titled “The Global Connected Customer Experience.”

“Vehicle-to-vehicle communication could impact 80 percent of automobile crashes; it will save thousands of lives,” said Lightsey, referencing a statistic that is making the development of crash-avoidance features a major priority for automakers.

This summer, General Motors unveiled its $14 million, 52-acre Active Safety Test Area in Milford, giving the company an extensive physical laboratory to test emerging technology. But this technology is also being deployed in the real world today.

Lightsey detailed the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu’s ability to enable “teenage settings” that can warn young drivers when they are approaching dangerous speeds, mute the radio when the seatbelt is unbuckled and give parents a detailed report of the car’s activity. In addition, vehicles equipped with OnStar now have an automatic crash notification system, alerting first responders to a collision even when drivers are unable to do so.

Lightsey emphasized that while the industry is on the precipice of immense change, the most important and immediate goal of this new technology is increased safety for all drivers.

The session was sponsored by Denso and PwC.