Lipinski Applauds NHTSA for Taking Next Step on Life-Saving Vehicle Technology

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is praising the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposal to establish a standard for potentially life-saving vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology and to require this equipment for all new light duty vehicles manufactured after 2023.  V2V uses dedicated short-range communications to exchange basic information about the operational status of vehicles in close proximity to one another.  It is primarily used to improve safety and increase efficiency.

“As co-chair of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus, this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a highly anticipated step forward for the emerging connected vehicle industry,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “The NHTSA has worked collaboratively with stakeholders on all levels to develop a very good proposal.  V2V communications can enable many life-saving functions like collision and blind spot warnings, as well as intersection assistance.  This technology can significantly reduce the number of traffic deaths each year and help the development of autonomous vehicles.  In addition, the proposal mandates a cybersecurity framework that protects the system from hackers and guards privacy by ensuring that no personal data is collected or transmitted.”

For many years, Congressman Lipinski has been a leader on connected and automated vehicle policy.  The comprehensive transportation bill known as the FAST Act, that became law a year ago, contained a number of provisions he authored that will help our nation continue to lead on this emerging technology, which will increase safety, ease congestion, cut down on energy usage, expand mobility, and create new manufacturing jobs.  The FAST Act also included language from Lipinski’s Future TRIP Act, which specifically directs the University Transportation Centers program to focus research on connected and automated vehicles.  Rep. Lipinski also pushed the NHTSA to release proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.  The guidance, released this past fall, serves as a set of best practices for automakers and component suppliers to ensure their products are secure from cyberattacks.

“As V2V technologies become mainstream, they will further leverage the many safety systems already being developed for installation in the next generation of vehicles,” said Lipinski.  “V2V is one of the key components of automated vehicle systems that will ultimately increase traffic safety, enhance mobility, and make cars more efficient and environmentally friendly.”

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