Original Article appears on SmartHighways

ITS America has filed its views in response to the US Department of Transportation’s request for comments on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.

In it, it supports the continued use of the 5.9GHz band writing:

The size and growth of this transportation technology market, in the US in particular, may greatly depend on how USDOT addresses the unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum sharing proceeding with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and with the telecommunications, technology and automotive industries writ large. FCC Commissioners Rosenworcel and O’Rielly last year in a letter to Toyota questioned the wisdom of Toyota’s decision to deploy V2X in 5.9Ghz band, based ostensibly on their oftexpressed interest in providing unlicensed National Information Infrastructure devices (U-NII) access to the spectrum reserved for intelligent transportation systems. 7 In the FCC proceeding considering the 5GAA’s recent wavier petition for C-V2X, Internet and Television Association (NCTA) noted that four Commissioners have expressed a willingness to consider new options for the 5.9 GHz band, including reallocating it for unlicensed use. NCTA has also consistently argued that V2X is somehow no longer necessary due to the development of other safety-related sensors. This view is not shared by experts in the field of automotive safety.

President & CEO Shailen Bhatt said, “ITS America urges the Department of Transportation (DOT) to continue working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve all seven channels in the 5.9 GHz band for life-saving vehicle to everything (V2X) technologies and protect V2X operations from harmful interference.

“We are experiencing significant growth in the V2X space. The sooner these techologies are deployed on a broad scale, the more lives we will save. To speed deployment and encourage more innovation, DOT should support policies and take action that remove uncertainty and ensure interoperability for V2X technologies.”