Just over a month ago, I wrote this:
you still have a little time before the mass adoption of robotic vehicles makes every trip a chance to catch up on your sleep, but, near term, there may be some intermediate steps in the process and I think transponders will be among them. Just like the “motor vehicles only” signs of today, I can easily imagine “transponder equipped motor vehicles only” signs in the future.
And then, when referring to the Daimler Highway Pilot project, I said this:
Although each manufacturer developing these technologies is likely doing it in their own way right now, I can envision a standard coming
Well, look at what the NHTSA just proposed:
This document initiates rulemaking that would propose to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), FMVSS No. 150, to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capability for light vehicles (passenger cars and light truck vehicles (LTVs)) and to create minimum performance requirements for V2V devices and messages. The agency believes that requiring V2V communication capability in new light vehicles would facilitate the development and introduction of a number of advanced vehicle safety applications.
This new government proposal is for the purpose of requiring vehicle-to-vehicle communication or V2V (transponders) in all new light vehicles and they want to create standard capabilities and messages of some type. Isn’t that exactly what The Kneeslider predicted?
Motorcycles are not included in this proposal, only cars and light trucks, but once this technology is widely adopted, retrofits and restricted roadways will be the next steps. Either your vehicle can communicate with a transponder or you can’t be on that road. You read it here first.