Car-to-car communication aims to reduce TCO
The arrival of car-to-car (C2C) communication from 2017 could lead to reduced vehicle running costs. Volvo is widely expected to launch
a C2C communication system in its S90, V90 and XC90 models in Europe by the end of the year, ahead of many major brands which are developing the technology. It has been running a pilot fleet
of 1,000 cars in Sweden and Norway since last year. It allows cars to communicate with other similarly equipped vehicles and their surroundings to give approaching cars a warning of a hazard ahead through an in-car internet connection. Examples include warnings about slippery roads ahead or alerts about traffic jams or that vehicles in front have their hazard warning lights flashing. Other uses include alerts when an approaching car is about to run a red light and also warnings that vehicles from the police, fire and ambulance services are approaching on emergency calls. The technology’s widespread use could eliminate the causes of a large proportion of accidents. Analysis carried out
by safety authorities in the US found that the technology could help avoid or mitigate 70-80% of vehicle crashes. As a result, vehicles fitted with the technology could benefit from discounts to their insurance, which will reduce ownership costs during the life of the car and also minimise the chances of incurring damage repair costs. However, systems will require a large parc of connected cars before they can benefit fully from the technology, which could take several years.