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E – 1531 – Barriers to Public Acceptance of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

Intended Audience: electrical, mechanical, civil, and transportation engineers concerned with automobile safety.



This online engineering PDH course describes the barriers to public acceptance of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication systems. V2V systems use on-board dedicated short-range radio communication devices to transmit information between moving vehicles. The information consists of speed, acceleration, heading, brake status, and other aspects of the vehicles’ motion. When received in a timely manner, this information helps vehicle systems identify and warn about potential crash situations with other vehicles. Thus V2V-based safety applications potentially could reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle crashes and the losses and costs to society that would otherwise have resulted. But the benefits that an individual consumer would receive from voluntary adoption of V2V depend directly on the widespread adoption of the technology by many other consumers. Unless an individual driver believes that a significant number of other drivers will obtain V2V systems, the individual driver may conclude that the potential benefits of buying the system are unlikely to materialize. This course describes obstacles to widespread purchase of V2V systems and how these obstacles can be overcome. Examples are privacy concerns including tracking, collection and use of V2V information, hacking (cybersecurity), and health effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

This course is based on Section IV of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, to mandate V2V communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V [Downloaded 1/22/2017].

Learning Objectives

At the successful conclusion of this course, you’ll be able to identify and discuss:

  • Importance of public acceptance to establishing the V2V system
  • Elements that can affect public acceptance of V2V
  • Consumer privacy
  • Privacy impact assessments
  • Health effects
  • Electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the US and abroad

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