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Highway group sues FCC over Wi-Fi safety belt decision

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have allegedly reassigned the Wi-Fi spectrum reserved for transport communications, including truck platooning, to federal regulators. I sued.

In a proceeding filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday, ITS and AASHTO ensure that V2X (Vehicle-to-everything) technology continues to function throughout the period. Said I wanted to. 5.9GHz band.

Last year, the FCC approved the transition of 60% of the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed non-transportation applications instead of retaining the entire 75 MHz for transport communications. The FCC’s decision is Published as final rule in April, Effective date is July 2nd.

“V2X technology continues to be the best tool to significantly reduce road crashes and save lives in the United States, so we’re taking this step,” said Shailen Bhatt, president and CEO of ITS America. I will.

AASHTO Executive Director Jim Timon believes that his association “weakened the state’s ability to use the FCC’s ruling as it was intended to use a safe frequency of 5.9 GHz.” He said he was.

Proponents of self-driving trucking warn that a low spectrum available can slow the progress of the test.

Thomas Jensen, Vice President of Transport Policy at UPSNew York Stock Exchange: UPS) Told the FCC when considering changes in the spectrum that truck platooning could improve fuel economy by 10%. “Reducing 5.9 GHz bandwidth allocation by 60% will inevitably negatively impact the adoption of these platforms,” Jensen said in a comment.

In the proceedings of ITS American and AASHTO, the FCC alleges: Ignored US Department of Transportation recommendations, Automobile safety experts, automakers, and state highway authorities will reallocate the lower 45 MHz of the 5.9 GHz band to other Wi-Fi applications such as smartphones.

“The proceedings are illegally arbitrary arbitrary arbitrary voluntary and capricious because the FCC was unable to adequately evaluate evidence of records related to the safety-related implications of relocation and concerns about interference caused by Wi-Fi devices. “They said in their case.

WiFiForward, which challenged the proceedings and represents companies such as Amazon, Google, and Best Buy, claimed that the FCC “acted appropriately within its authority” and spent years analyzing and validating the final decision. Spent.

“Automotive safety technology and broadband have made great strides without significant progress since they were donated to the automotive industry 20 years ago, and FCC rules reflect today’s needs,” said WiFi Forward. I am.

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