The European Union, and, therefore, Spain, has been introducing technological innovations in the field of road safety. Without going any further, the ADAS systems are being introduced in new European car models to facilitate safe driving and prevent us from falling asleep at the wheel, suffering a collision or accidentally running over someone. And among the many technological measures, one of the most unknown is the virtual triangle, V27 signal either V-27.
We have talked about ADAS systems in the past. They are technologies that assist the driver to have more information about what is happening around you, avoid distractions and reduce the possibility of accidents. There are many technologies of this type, and it is likely that they will go away incorporating many more as the automotive industry evolves towards the autonomous vehicle.
But about the V27, V-27 or virtual triangle signal, we hardly know anything. Yes, however, the V16 signals or lights. Both were announced, at the same time, in Royal Decree 159/2021. But while the V-16 signal, V-27 only appears once. Not for nothing, the V16 lights will be mandatory from 2026, while the V27 signal is, for now, a tool to familiarize ourselves with so that, in a future to be determined, it will be implemented in all vehicles.
What is the V27 signal
It is also known by the name of virtual triangle. By triangle we understand that physical element that we have all used at some point to indicate, on the road, that our vehicle had had a accident or breakdown. Today, for example, traditional triangle coexist with the V16 signal that we have mentioned. And returning to Royal Decree 159/2021, the V27 signal is mentioned, briefly explaining what it consists of.
“The signal will be activated in the vehicle on-board system to warn of the presence of an approaching danger, when this fact has been informed by a third party to the connected vehicle platform of the General Directorate of Traffic.” Hence the virtual thing. It is not a physical element. “This sign, voluntary“, will only be displayed in those vehicles that are connected by telematic means, directly or through a service provider, with the National Access Point for Traffic and Mobility Information.”
This signal V27 or V-27 refers us precisely to the V-16 signal that many drivers already use. One of its functions is be connected and send a notice to the General Directorate of Traffic so that they know our location. Looking to the near future, still to be determined, thanks to these communications it will be possible inform other drivers and to the relevant authorities of the situation of a damaged or accident vehicle. We can obtain this information through signs and messages on the road or inside our car. Precisely, the V27 signal will be activated when we approach that point so that let’s exercise caution.
Waiting to integrate the entire system
The General Directorate of Traffic has been working on the National Access Point for Traffic and Mobility Information for some time. Currently, it offers 36 data sets from 10 different organizations. You can consult them at this link. And, in a future to be determined, this information will be available between the DGT, the competent authorities of each territory and the vehicles that circulate on a certain public road. In this way, all agents and actors involved in driving and protecting the driver and pedestrian will have the maximum amount of information. Updated in real time.
So if you still didn’t know what the V27 signal was, that’s okay. You don’t have to change your car, or buy any device, signal or device. Knowing about its existence, what it does and what it will be used for, you have more than enough. It’s more. When the BOE first announced the virtual triangle in 2021, only 20% of the automobile fleet met that requirement. That is only 2 out of 10 vehicles were connected. Something that will change in the coming years as the dates arrive to implement ADAS systems and other requirements by the General Directorate of Traffic.