Even though a proposed federal mandate to enable cars with vehicle-to-vehicle tech- nology has stalled, industry experts say the tech could help automakers reap the rewards of wide-scale data collection.
Self-driving vehicles are expected to be a boon to data collection, using sensors and cloud connections to feed data about traffic and unexpected obstacles to other vehicles on the road.
The industry doesn't need to wait for self-driving vehicles to tap into that data stream; it could use V2V tech that is market ready.
But without the proposed federal mandate, which stalled in 2017 under the Trump administration, automakers have been slow to adopt it.
Suppliers say automakers should take the lead on V2V technology even without the mandate.
"V2V data, when we learn how to extract and utilize it in real time, can be extremely helpful," said Kristin Schondorf, global automotive and transportation mobility leader at EY. "We can take that data to understand patterns of what's happening, then leverage that information to help us become more efficient in how we travel."