Automakers Urge FCC ‘To End Regulatory Uncertainty” on DSRC Use of 5.9 GHz Band

October 18, 2016–The Association of Global Automakers has urged the FCC “to end regulatory uncertainty regarding the availability of the full 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications” band for connected vehicle applications.

In an ex parte filing yesterday in ET docket 13-49, the group said, “Consistent with the Administration’s plans for improving auto safety, which are set forth in the recently released Federal Automated Vehicle Policy (‘AV Policy’) and White House statement on the safe deployment of automated vehicles, the Commission should confirm the availability of the full Safety Spectrum allocation for existing and planned life-saving DSRC deployments. The Obama Administration has released its vision for the future of automotive safety, and that vision depends on the continued availability of the Safety Spectrum for DSRC. As the Administration AV Policy recognizes, automated vehicles can provide transformative benefits in auto safety. DSRC-based systems are a near-term bridge to higher levels of safety automation and key to the Administration’s plan for unlocking those benefits for all Americans. In fact, the AV policy emphasizes the role of vehicle-to-vehicle (‘V2V’) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (‘V2I’) systems in improving system performance in highly automated vehicles (‘HAVs’) and reducing the number and severity of crashes.”

“Considerable strides have been made in deploying DSRC technology under the existing 5.9 GHz channel plan,” the filing added. “Life-saving DSRC technologies are being deployed, and more will be deployed in the near future. … Accordingly, the Commission should act expeditiously to confirm the availability of the full Safety Spectrum allocation for DSRC consistent with the Administration’s roadmap for autonomous vehicle development to increase the safety of America’s roadways.”

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology announced recently that Phase I of testing is under way to analyze whether connected-vehicle and Wi-Fi applications can share the 5.9 GHz band (TRDaily, Oct. 7). Three phases of testing are planned.

A Department of Transportation V2V notice of proposed rulemaking is expected to be released “in the near future,” a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told TRDaily today. – Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily