The current onboard monitoring systems play a significant role in monitoring the driving performance; informing the commercial drivers of safety-critical situations, provision of feedback and finally the recording of trip information. Noteworthy, the two current onboard monitoring systems include the drowsy driver detection systems and the hours of service electronic onboard recorders. Notably, the systems become more prevalent day-by-day which necessitates the formulation of policies regarding the use of such technological systems.
As a result, the value and economic sustainability of such systems keep on increasing. However, the new Connected Vehicle Technology (CVT) plays a significant role in reporting information better than the current methods of onboard technology. The use of CVT throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet would reduce an enormous number of road crashes on the roadways (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016, December 13). It is better than the onboard monitoring systems because it enables the installation of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology on all the light-duty vehicles. With this technology in place, more new crash-avoidance applications can easily be installed in the vehicles.
Since the introduction of the new type of technology, several proposals have been put forth to ensure that all rules are adhered to as per the recommendations. The proposal requires that all automakers include the new technologies in all the light-duty vehicles, which would ensure that all vehicles speak the same language after installation of the V2V devices through standardized messaging developed with industry (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016, December 13).
It is worth noting that drivers need to undergo some form of training for them to adhere to the proposed rule when it comes to the use of connected vehicle technologies. Evidently, the new technology is involved thus requires training. For instance, the drivers need to be informed and guided on how the new Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications works. As a result, it will help the road planners to integrate the new technologies which will, in turn, allow all vehicles to talk to the roadway infrastructure such as the stop sign and the traffic lights (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016, December 13). It is therefore important for all the drivers to learn how the new technologies are integrated into the infrastructure to avoid being caught for violating traffic rules.
In addition, the drivers need to be trained on how the V2V devices would use the short-range communications to transmit data thus can detect a particular location, direction, and speed to nearby vehicles (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016, December 13). Training is also essential for the drivers because it will help them to enhance their abilities to address new crash situations. For instance, when a driver needs to decide if it is safe to pass on a two-lane road which would otherwise have caused head-on-collision, the Connected Vehicle Technological devices will warn him or her of the awaiting danger.
Notably, fleet vehicles are at a higher risk of experiencing crash-related accidents because they are driven by drivers from business, government agency or other organization. The use of CVT plays a significant role in ensuring that the fleet drivers follow all the safety protocols by sending signals in case there is a danger. Training of fleet drivers is essential because through the V2V communication devices, they can detect developing threat situations hundreds of yards away (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016, December 13). In such cases, the inexperienced driver even with the help of the communication devices will still expose his or her life and those of other road users in danger.
Conclusively, the introduction of the connected vehicle technology acted as a significant milestone that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had taken to control the number of road crashes. Therefore, it is a duty and a requirement for all automakers to include the recommended technology in all light-duty vehicles that will aid in the communication process. When fully implemented, the people’s lives will significantly be saved as long as people conform to the set rules.