Buy the emergency light with this function or you will have to change it in a few years

Buy the emergency light with this function or you will have to change it in a few years

I was debating the other day with a friend about whether the new emergency light must or must not be a connected device. One said yes; the other argued no. And the truth is that we were both right … based on the date we talked about.

From what day will you be able to use the V-16 emergency light? The DGT gives the answer

The new emergency light of the DGT, the V-16, has several advantages over emergency triangles. In addition to being visible at a greater distance and in all directions; and, furthermore, of not forcing the driver to get out of the vehicle for placement; This device must emit a signal that alerts you to the exact position of the stopped car.

Lights connected to the cloud from 2026

To be able to fulfill this last function, the emergency light must be a device connected to the cloud. In this way, you can send the geolocation of the damaged or damaged vehicle to the National Access Point on Traffic and Mobility. From here, a double warning will be issued: on the one hand, to the roadside rescue services; on the other, to the rest of the connected vehicles in circulation that, thanks to the V-27 emergency light, will know that they are approaching a stopped vehicle on the road and will take extra precautions as they pass.

The connectivity of the emergency light is one of the requirements established in the Royal Decree of Roadside Assistance prepared by the General Directorate of Traffic with the aim of reducing accidents in this sector. This is how Traffic explains it through its official Twitter account:

Three are the key dates of the emergency light:

  • as of July 1, 2021, its use will be voluntary
  • between 2021 and 2026 they will coexist with triangles
  • From January 1, 2026, the emergency light will become a mandatory element. Not taking it in the car will be grounds for sanction

The first day of 2026 will also mark the moment when all emergency lights need to be connected; Else, will not be valid. That is why we say that if you now buy a V-16 light that does not have a geolocation, you will have to change it in a few years.

From Traffic they also indicate that the emergency light must have a magnetic base, be waterproof and have a battery of at least 30 minutes.

Noelia Lopez April 6, 2021 – 07:13 a.m.

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