The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is extending a pilot project in Ann Arbor on connected vehicles by another six months, but said it won't change its timetable for deciding whether to move forward with the new technology.
The project was initially supposed to last a year when it was kicked off in August 2012 by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Gov. Rick Snyder with nearly 3,000 "smart cars" that could one day revolutionize auto safety. Cars, for example, could alert each other that a driver was about to miss a stop sign or pull onto a busy street. Or that a vehicle has entered a driver's blind spot.
NHTSA will use the results from the vehicle-to-vehicle safety pilot to decide by the end of the year whether to advance the technology through regulatory proposals, additional research, or a combination of the two.
UMTRI has been conducting the test of approximately 2,800 cars, trucks, and buses.