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Trump administration determined that there is no mandatory use of wireless technology in new cars. It comes against what was proposed by Barack Obama. In December of last year, Obama signed a proposed rule requiring that all new cars would come equipped with a technology known as a vehicle for vehicle communication or V2V.
It would allow the vehicle to transmit its location, speed, direction and other information ten times per second. That would make cars able to detect, for example, when another vehicle is about to hit the brakes or making a wrong turn with enough time to avoid an accident.
The current administration, on the other hand, decided not to proceed on the mandatory use of the V2V, according to two workers of the auto industry who spoke to the Department of Transportation and other two workers working in companies that contacted the administration under the condition of not having their names released.
The White House and the Department of Transportation refused any comment but the proposal was removed from the list of regulations of the Office of Management & Budget. Instead of that, the proposal was placed on the long-term agenda.
The administration workers said their decision was based on a number of reasons, including the general tendency to avoid imposing expensive decisions on the industry, even when we know most car manufacturers support the V2V. President Trump reduced the government regulations, which he sees as interference to the economy; a trait of his administration.
The Department of Transportation estimates that the V2V technology has the capacity of preventing or reducing in up to 80% the collisions that are not related to alcohol or drugs. V2V would also offer an extra level of security to the self-driven vehicles because it can detect vehicles hidden by buildings or beyond the car sensors and cameras reach. It is expected that V2V could reduce heavy traffic situations, since the vehicles could communicate with the traffic lights, making them green to avoid an unnecessary wait, save fuel and reduce the emission of pollutant gases.