Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation began a multi-disciplinary research project designed to study the effectiveness of vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication in the reduction of car, truck and bus accidents. The project is expected to wrap up after 3 years with funding of $15 million. The project, known as the U.S. Safety Pilot Model Deployment, is being conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor.
The Institute is now adding motorcycles to the mix of vehicles studied in the project. BMX and Honda motorcycles are being used for the research.
V2V or intelligent transportation systems allow vehicles to talk to each other to avoid accidents. Two major vendors in the intelligent transportation communications technology sector have developed technology which enables inter-vehicle communications for safety applications such as curve speed warnings, which warn drivers or motorcycle riders when the vehicle is approaching a curve too fast.
In addition, other important safety applications to be tested include:
- traffic signal violation warnings, which indicate when a vehicle might run a red light.
- collision warnings,
- forward collision warning, and
- emergency electronic brake lights.
Motorcycle Accident Prevention
Motorcycle accident prevention starts with the rider. Inexperience and rider error account for many motorcycle accidents. However, there are many cases in which a motorcycle accident occurs due to no fault of the rider. Other drivers are often guilty of running red lights, engaging in distracted driving or rear ending motorcycles.
Highway accidents and intersection accidents are two of the most dangerous types of motorcycle accidents and often end in motorcycle rider fatalities. The V2V safety applications should prove helpful in the avoidance of motorcycle accidents.
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