Carmakers Press FCC To Move On Automated Car Spectrum

By Chuck Stanley (October 18, 2016, 6:02 PM EDT) -- The Association of Global Automakers urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to confirm the availability of the 5.9 gigahertz band of spectrum for short-range vehicle communication, claiming regulatory certainty is needed to develop potentially lifesaving technologies.

Citing a recent uptick in U.S. highway fatalities, AGA chief executive John T Bozzella urged the FCC to "end regulatory uncertainty" surrounding availability of the 5.9 gigahertz dedicated short-range communications allocation for automated vehicle safety systems. Availability of the spectrum is crucial to meeting Obama administration goals for improved highway safety, Bozella said.

"Realization of the full potential of existing and future DSRC deployments...

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