5G Auto Group Seeks 5.9 GHz Band Waiver

The 5G Automotive Association has filed a petition for a waiver to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in a 20 megahertz channel in the 5.9 gigahertz band. The channel would be in the 5905-5925 MHz band of the 5850-5925 MHz band.

“As supported by the attached 5GAA test report, C-V2X represents a significant advancement in connected vehicle technology and is the first step towards leveraging 5G to increase road safety and to maximize the myriad other benefits of connected vehicles on America’s roads,” the petition said.

“Built upon earlier efforts to develop Intelligent Transportation System (‘ITS’) services and leveraging advancements in cellular technologies, first 4G and ultimately 5G, C-V2X is a modern, standards-based connected-vehicle communications technology,” the petition added. “C-V2X enables direct, peer-to-peer mode communications between vehicles themselves (‘V2V’), vehicles and vulnerable persons such as pedestrians and cyclists (‘V2P’), and vehicles and transportation infrastructure (‘V2I’), as well as communications between vehicles and mobile networks (“V2N”). These communications can help enable important improvements in safety, traffic efficiency, mobility, and energy efficiency on America’s roads.”

“Unfortunately, widespread implementation of C-V2X technology in the United States is not feasible today,” the petition noted. “The Commission’s current rules for the 5.9 GHz band – adopted well before the development of C-V2X – restrict ITS operations to those that use the Dedicated Short Range Communications (‘DSRC’) standard. The consequences of this restriction are significant. Recent testing performed by 5GAA members demonstrates that C-V2X peer-to-peer mode consistently outperforms DSRC in several key areas. These performance advantages, which include enhanced reliability over an extended communication range, better non-line-of-sight performance, and greater resiliency, can – both individually and as a complement to existing radar- and camera-based systems – provide vehicles and drivers with an earlier, more complete picture of the surrounding road environment.”- Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily