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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication 390

Posted by timothy
from the bumper-sticker-transponder dept.
An anonymous reader writes "For decades, the focus of auto safety has primarily been on surviving the traumatic impact of crashes through features like air bags and seat belts. But now the focus has shifted to avoiding crashes by developing technology to make future vehicles 'smart' enough to detect and respond to threats, such as an oncoming vehicle. The technology, known as 'vehicle-to-vehicle,' or "V2V," lets cars 'talk' to each other and exchange safety data, such as speed and position. If a nearby car abruptly changes lanes and moves into another car's blind spot, the car would be alerted. Federal transportation officials did not announce when the new regulations would go into effect but said they hope to propose the new V2V rules before President Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017." Combine this with remote kill-switches or pulse guns, Amber-alert scrolling signs, proliferating cameras, automatic plate recognition and unstoppable text messages from on high for some not-so-distant driving dystopia.
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

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  • by Glires (200409) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:33PM (#46151315)

    So all I have to do is alter my car so that it tells the other cars that I am approaching from behind at 120 mph when I'm really only driving 60 mph and the cars in front of me will automatically swerve out of my way! Awesome!

  • by Okian Warrior (537106) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:35PM (#46151341) Homepage Journal

    Take note that the government isn't requiring the communication be secure from hacking, spoofing, or eavesdropping.

    I can see this as another police tactic, where they can force your car to stop by spoofing that it's about to be rammed from all directions by other cars.

    Of course, this presents a wide range of hilarious opportunities for hackers!

  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:35PM (#46151351)

    The future is apparently bridges that ask how fast cars are going so speeding tickets can be automatically issued.

    Sounds awesome - for those of us that have the technical ability to disable the chatter.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:38PM (#46151393)

    Some people look at this and say "hmm, could I cause the car in front of me to have an accident". I look at this and say "hmm, could I make the grandma in front of me get out of the fucking left lane".

  • Re:Dynamics (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mmell (832646) <> on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @02:39PM (#46152491)
    Like back in the seventies - L.A.P.D. got a fleet of fifty brand new vehicles, I forget which model of Ford they were. First cop to catch a speeder in one of the new souped up cruisers stomps the gas, accelerates almost instantly to the vehicles maximum governed speed of 55mph, and watches his quota for the month go bye-bye. But the officer was safe at all times, the vehicle prevented him from placing himself in unnecessary danger by enforcing his compliance with the very laws he was supposed to be enforcing. That's good, right?

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.