Safety technologies used in cars has seen a lot of advancement in the last few years. In the current day many defense level technologies, space age technologies, radar and sonar technologies have crept into making your drive safer through a range of driver assist features. From air bag systems to use of advanced and intelligent materials and innovations to reduce the impact and keep the passengers safe, the focus is now moving towards adapting newer technologies that help prevent accidents altogether and also enable better traffic management by avoiding congestion. One such advancement is the use of Ad-hoc vehicle networks where Vehicle-to-Vehicle Connectivity is established between vehicles moving at a certain distance to each other on the go and make sure that the drivers stay on track. We called on Phoenix Mazda to look at some of the advanced safety technologies used in Mazda vehicles and get a better understanding of why vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity technology is on the rise.
What is Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Connectivity
Mobile connectivity is no more a new concept in vehicles. Almost all of them come with some or the other form of connectivity options such as 4G LTE with Wi-Fi as on most Mazda vehicles as people always feel the necessity to stay connected to the internet, even while on the go. This apart, advanced safety features available on most Mazda vehicles use the Mazda I-ACTIVESENSE range of technologies that use cameras, milli-wave radars, quasi milli-wave radars, sonars and lasers to sense potential hazards and help mitigate them by warning drivers or sometimes performing automated operations such as increasing / decreasing speed while cruising called Adaptive Cruise Control, applying the brakes or guiding the steering to keep the vehicle in the right lane and others. The availability of these technologies combined with the availability of connective tech such as the Mobile Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Near Infrared lasers is now being congruously used to provide connectivity between other vehicles in the immediate vicinity and is known as Vehicle Ad-hoc Networks or VANETS. Utilizing these, the computers on vehicles can establish contact and communicate with other vehicles having similar features to detect possible hazards and prospective collisions and help avert them.
How Vehicle-to-Vehicle Connectivity can be used
With more and more vehicles being added to the road each day, driving is now not so much fun as it used to be. This is because you hardly can have any variation other than moving at a snail’s pace. Traffic control is also getting to be more challenging and enforcement is getting stricter by the day to make sure the flow is smooth. This is where V2V connectivity and communication can come to the rescue via creation of a cooperative driving environ where vehicles talk to each other to automatically take certain actions that will take the bane out of miniscule driving operations for the drivers so that they can enjoy their rides more. Talking to the tech guys at Phoenix Mazda dealership revealed that Mazda is refining this technology which has seen some implementation on the Mazda6 through the Mazda Connect and I-ACTIVSENSE suite of technologies.Tags: Phoenix Mazda