WASHINGTON — Regulatory uncertainty is delaying the widespread deployment within the U.S. of a expertise that might enhance highway security and supply environmental and effectivity advantages, in response to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.
In a webinar Tuesday, John Bozzella, CEO of the alliance, stated the non-public sector is “heavily investing” in vehicle-to-everything — or V2X — expertise however that the U.S. additionally wants “a regulatory and policy environment that supports and facilitates V2X adoption and use.”
V2X permits autos on the highway to speak wirelessly with different autos and infrastructure akin to site visitors indicators, however the expertise has not but been broadly adopted by automakers and different stakeholders in U.S.
When related, autos can transmit knowledge akin to GPS location, acceleration, predicted path and driver controls to different autos, and infrastructure can transmit knowledge to these autos about upcoming hazards and highway situations, in response to Michael Graham, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
“This could save thousands of lives and prevent or mitigate millions of crashes,” stated Graham, citing a NHTSA examine that estimated V2X expertise may deal with as much as 80 p.c of all crashes involving nonimpaired drivers.
A Trump-era resolution in November 2020 by the Federal Communications Commission to shift a majority of a wi-fi spectrum block designated for auto security, together with V2X, has additional hindered widespread deployment, Graham stated.
In a June 2021 lawsuit difficult the choice, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials argued the FCC overstepped its authority when it allotted the portion of the 5.9-gigahertz spectrum that had been reserved for the auto business to different companies.
During the webinar hosted by the alliance, Graham pointed to a deadly bus crash in Mount Pleasant, Pa., in 2020 as “the first opportunity for the NTSB to directly address V2X issues in an accident report” because the FCC’s regulatory motion. The board recognized dangerous interference from out-of-band emissions and regulatory uncertainty as two downside areas.
“We found that recent regulatory action by the FCC allows for harmful interference from unlicensed devices and threatens the deployment of V2X technology,” he defined. “Therefore, we recommend that the FCC implement appropriate safeguards to protect V2X communication from that harmful interference.”