A Brave and Safer New World: NHTSA Proposes Rules Mandating Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications to Promote Safety

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    On December 13, 2016, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a proposal to mandate the deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology in all new US light-duty vehicles, such as passenger cars. NHTSA’s eagerly anticipated proposal – set forth in a nearly 400-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) – is the first of its kind worldwide. It sets the stage for the rapid deployment of technologies with the “potential to revolutionize motor vehicle safety.” Communications among vehicles on the road could significantly reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes.