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V2V Communications: Motor Vehicle Safety Guidelines

National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationNHTSA believes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications will serve as a complementary necessity to fully realizing the safety benefits of automated vehicle technologies. As such, establishing safety guidelines around this technology has surfaced as a priority issue.

Roads, CarsV2V communications technology allows cars to send and receive “Basic Safety Messages” through short-range radio communication devices. These types of messages include information about a nearby vehicle’s speed, direction of travel and brake status, in addition to potential environmental data such as road conditions. The V2V capabilities also allow vehicles to see around corners and through other vehicles in order to transmit information to and receive information from surrounding cars.

To help achieve maximum safety on the roads in anticipation of increased adoption of automated technologies across the fleet, NHTSA earlier this year issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), in which it proposes to require that light-duty vehicles (e.g., passenger cars) contain V2V communications capabilities.

This proposal includes standards for the “Basic Safety Messages,” hardware security, and detecting/reporting device functionality to ensure the system has not been altered or tampered with. NHTSA understands that successfully implementing V2V technologies requires immense coordination within the industry and the government. The agency also plans to tackle safety applications as technology further advances in the field. Stay tuned to hear how these plans progress over the course of the next year.

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Christopher H. Grigorian is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on federal motor vehicle safety law, antitrust, trade regulation and related litigation.

Mr. Grigorian represents motor vehicle manufacturers and major parts suppliers on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues, including recalls, defect investigations and related enforcement proceedings, compliance with Federal motor vehicle safety standards, rulemaking proceedings, FOIA and confidentiality matters, and other compliance issues under the...

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Nicholas Englund, Motor Vehicle Safety Attorney, Foley Lardner Law Firm
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Nicholas Englund is special counsel and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and a member of the firm’s NHTSA & Motor Vehicle Safety Practice. Mr. Englund focuses his practice on federal motor vehicle safety law. He represents motor vehicle manufacturers and major parts suppliers on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues, including advising on safety-related and noncompliance recalls, investigations and enforcement proceedings, compliance with Federal motor vehicle safety standards, rulemaking proceedings, FOIA and confidentiality matters, and other compliance issues under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, TREAD Act, and implementing regulations.

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