Newspaper article Roll Call

Transportation Policy Guru Poole Voices Skepticism about Vehicle-To- Vehicle Technology

Newspaper article Roll Call

Transportation Policy Guru Poole Voices Skepticism about Vehicle-To- Vehicle Technology

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Robert Poole, co-founder of the Reason Foundation, has worked on transportation policy for more than three decades and is an influential voice on tolling, congestion pricing and infrastructure finance.

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology may some day allow cars to communicate with each other and with traffic infrastructure to avoid collisions.

Poole's skepticism about this technology, which he explains in his monthly newsletter published this week, is worth reading.

Here's some of what Poole said:

* ".....if we focus just on fatal crashes, we can estimate that more than half are due to driver problems that V2V would not address."

* "Full benefits would be realized only once the entire fleet is equipped, but we know that it takes about 20 years for the whole automobile fleet to be replaced as old vehicles are scrapped and replaced by new ones."

* ".....achieving the full benefits of V2I would require equipping millions of intersections with communications technology during those same 20 years, estimated in a recent GAO report to cost $25-30,000 per installation just in capital costs. …

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