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Vehicle to Vehicle Communications and Connected Roadways of the Future, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 25, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the June 25, 2015 hearing held before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the Committee on Energy and Commerce entitled "Vehicle to Vehicle Communications and Connected Roadways of the Future." From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Michael Burgess: "Vehicle-to-vehicle [V2V] communications technology is a manifestation of that digital phenomenon. The ability of cars to 'talk' to one another - identifying their location, speed, brake status and other positioning data - and share that information with other vehicles and drivers, creates a transportation system in which crashes are avoided, mobility is improved, traffic congestion is avoided and, most importantly, lives are saved. […] It sounds great. But the only way to save lives is to make it real. I look forward to examining how V2V will work on today's roads. At a time when we face an aging vehicle fleet where many cars are not equipped with the latest groundbreaking technology and where Americans, still facing an uncertain economic future, continue to hold off on buying big-ticket items, we must understand how this technology will be accessible and available to everyone, and accepted by everyone. In addition to understanding how we will make V2V a reality, I look forward to discussing how to maximize V2V's driver and vehicle safety benefits. We need to understand the costs and expenses associated with V2V devices and what will be required to maintain the V2V communications network. Other considerations are also necessary, including: how current roadway infrastructure will impact the implementation of V2V and what infrastructure is needed to support V2V; the process for developing V2V performance and safety standards; how the technology will be compatible and interoperable among the entire vehicle fleet; how V2Vwill impact driver distraction and disruption; and what kind of driver education is needed to operate vehicles equipped with this technology." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Peter Sweatman, Nat Beuse, David St. Amant, Barry Einsig, and Harry Lightsey.

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Serial No. 114-60
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2015-06-25
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