The Cost in Fatalities, Injuries and Crashes Associated with Waiting to Deploy Vehicle-to- Vehicle Communication

This paper illustrates the negative consequences of delaying the deployment of DSRC, and reinforces the need for the U.S. DOT to finalize FMVSS 150. By deploying DSRC-based V2V communication systems in 2019, millions of light-vehicle crashes could be prevented as compared to waiting even three additional years to deploy C-V2X. More importantly are the millions of injuries and tens of thousands of lives that could be saved by deploying DSRC in 2019 - instead of waiting three, or more, years for C-V2X to reach a level of readiness comparable to DSRC. Given current crash, injury and fatality rates, the cumulative lost opportunity of not mandating DSRC now represents roughly one full year’s worth of fatalities, injuries and crashes that occur on U.S. roadways that could otherwise be prevented. These analyses clearly illustrate the negative consequences of waiting for the potential of a different technical communications solution. If, as a society, we keep waiting for something better to come along, we will always be in a waiting mode – and hence nothing will get deployed. But in the meantime, there are crashes, injuries and fatalities that can be prevented. Finally, it is important to note that DSRC and C-V2X are not mutually exclusive, but in fact could be very complimentary. The deployment of DSRC does not mean that C-V2X cannot be integrated into an overall V2X strategy at a later date, in which case C-V2X and DSRC could provide redundancy for safety critical V2X systems.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 10p

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  • Accession Number: 01699944
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2019 8:36AM