Within a few years the connection between vehicles and at the same time a main network will be the future of transportation, at least that is what is emerging to seeing the current trend of the sector where the V2I increasingly has more prominence. It is taking its first steps and though it sounds promising, there are things that do not convince experts. A recent study by a public agency reveals that much of the industry sees many loopholes to this idea.
The GAO (Office Government of responsibility in the United States) has produced a report where different spokespersons of the industry of automobile, interviewed representatives of public bodies related to means of transport and to executives of technology companies. The general feeling is negative and only a few (less than half) believe that it will be possible to ensure the networks V2I safety.
Safety comes first in all aspects
In the future some imagine vehicles communicating with each other and with traffic signs under the promise that there will be fewer accidents. Enter the variable of the telecommunications and a layer of software that allow this conversation between devices is fascinating. All this you also must add the progress of autonomous driving cars.
V2I is taking its first steps, in countries as Japan already has a long running. The problem is that he has been already discovered that vehicles using this type of system are vulnerable. You can patch, Yes, but as in other operating systems, the threat of malware and hacking is present. If it is a sensitive issue with private data, imagine when you can manipulate is a vehicle with people inside.
Surveyed in the GAO experts are skeptical regarding this and believe that it will be difficult to ensure security. To fix this, in United States transportation agencies want to have a more active role and help set standards and protocols that ensure that communications can not be manipulated and there are no security breaches.
This situation must be added a related additional conflict with the privacy. What happens to the data that they generate in road? Are they stored on servers of the Government? Will be allowed the motor industry access to them to analyze metrics? Will be allowed through the academic branch scientific study to improve systems? In Japan, V2I pioneers, they are very strict in this respect and the information is stored by the Japanese Government, but is not shared with anyone more. At the moment, there was nothing to regret.
According to the study by the GAO, United States invest (through the Department of transportation) $ 100 million over the next five years to carry the V2I technology to highways. Its goal is that by 2020, 20% of the sections are covered and 2040 for the figure rise to 80%. Many doubts and issues unresolved in a very promising technology but must be safe and effective.
In the case of Spain, still no plans of this kind through the Ministry of public works. There are research academics (such as this study between different companies and universities) as well as private initiatives, like the Indra.