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Cars of Tomorrow May Help Us Avoid Accidents

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 11, 2012 - Millions of automobile accidents occur worldwide each year. Some of the most serious are rear-end crashes, side crashes within intersections, and crashes that occur when cars change lanes or drift into a lane.

To that end, major automakers, governments, and universities are working on systems that allow vehicles to communicate with one another as well as the surrounding infrastructure (referred to as V2V/V2I).

A new book from SAE International, “V2V/V2I Communications for Improved Road Safety and Efficiency,” explores the challenges in developing these systems and provides the latest developments in V2V/V2I technology.

It begins with a series of overview news stories and articles from SAE’s magazines on the progress in this technology. This is followed by a series of technical papers on V2V/V2I dealing with the many technical aspects of design of these systems as well as discussions of such key issues as the need for extreme reliability assurances and traffic congestion overloads on the systems.

Discussions within the books include:


  • Overview of a large-scale test in Germany to address reliability.
  • Effectiveness of different antennas and receivers that are used in various intersections settings, such as intersections where there are tall buildings or no buildings, and where high transmission power lines are located that can cause signal interference.
  • Various ways to communicate between vehicles and how messages are relayed to drivers.
  • Dedicated short range communication protocol for vehicle safety applications, which shows promise for combining and processing large amounts of information.

Editor Ronald K. Jurgen prepared this book to be of use to engineers at automakers and electronic component suppliers; software engineers; computer systems analysts and architects; academics and researchers within the electronics, computing, and automotive industries; legislators, managers and other decision-makers in the government highway sector; traffic safety professionals; and insurance and legal practitioners. It will also be of interest to those who are generally interested in how we will drive in the future.

After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.E.E., Mr. Jurgen held various technical magazine editorial staff positions, including 30 years with IEEE Spectrum. Now retired, he is the editor of the Automotive Electronics Handbook and the Digital Consumer Electronics Handbook, and assistant editor of the Electronics Engineers’ Handbook, Fourth Edition. He is also the editor of more than a dozen SAE International books on automotive electronics.

Book details:

  • Published By: SAE International
  • Published: August 2012
  • Pages: 183
  • Binding: Softbound 
  • Product Code: PT-154
  • ISBN: 978-0-7680-7725-4
  • Price: $119.95; for SAE International members: $96.00-$108.00

For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order “V2V/V2I Communications for Improved Road Safety and Efficiency,” visit request an electronic review copy of the book, email Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, Pa., 15096-0001, to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.

SAE International is a global association of more than 133,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


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