V16 signalling devices: A leap forward in road safety

by Lorraine Williamson
V16 device

The Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) provides information on the V16 signalling device, set to replace traditional hazard triangles. The V16 connected will be the only legal hazard pre-signaling device from January 1, 2026.

This small yet powerful yellow beacon is designed to indicate when a vehicle is immobilised on the road or when its cargo has fallen onto the road surface. Moreover, with its advanced features and connectivity, the V16 device marks a new era in road safety.

Revolutionising road safety

Traditionally, hazard triangles have been a staple for indicating road hazards. However, the V16 device is a game-changer. Emitting a high-intensity 360º light intermittently and continuously for at least 30 minutes, the V16 ensures maximum visibility in case of accidents or breakdowns. Its built-in battery boasts a minimum lifespan of 18 months, making it reliable for long-term use.

Ease of use and connectivity

Stored in the vehicle’s glove compartment, the V16 device can be swiftly activated and placed on the vehicle’s roof, ensuring optimal visibility. Upon activation, it not only emits a warning light but also connects to the DGT 3.0 platform, transmitting real-time location data and alerting other road users about the situation.

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Frequently asked questions

Where should it be stored?

The device should be kept in the glove compartment, easily accessible and charged.

Where should it be placed?

Ideally, it should be positioned as high as possible on the immobilised vehicle, ensuring maximum visibility. If accessing the roof is not possible, the V16 device should be equipped with a magnetic feature to be placed on the driver’s door.

Is connectivity mandatory?

While connected lights have been available since January 2023, mandatory connectivity will begin on January 1, 2026. Until then, traditional triangles or non-connected V16 beacons can still be used.

Why opt for a connected V16?

Purchasing a connected V16 device from the outset offers several advantages. The connectivity allows the DGT to receive your precise coordinates, enabling faster response and alerting approaching vehicles about the accident. Moreover, starting from January 1, 2026, connected V16 devices will be the only legal hazard signalling equipment. Therefore, this will eliminate the need for a dual investment.

How do other drivers know about the accident?

The V16’s powerful light beam ensures visibility up to 1 km away. Additionally, connected devices transmit accident information to other vehicles through navigation systems, mobility apps, or onboard computers. Older vehicles without such technology can still receive alerts through Variable Message Signs on motorways.

How is connectivity payment managed?

The device includes all necessary components for its operation, including communication elements. There are no additional fees as the cost of 12 years of connectivity is integrated into the V16’s purchase price. However, it’s crucial to check the expiration date which is clearly printed on both the packaging and the device itself.

Are all devices advertised as connected valid?

No. Only brands and models listed as certified in the designated laboratories meet the requirements outlined in the regulations. V16 devices are exclusively meant for indicating the accident location and cannot include extra functionalities.

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