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Sen. Peters Applauds DOT Proposed Rule Requiring Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Technology in New Vehicle Models

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Allow Cars to Communicate Wirelessly to Avoid Crashes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement of a proposed rule requiring vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology (V2V) to be included in all new light-duty vehicles:

“I’m pleased that DOT is continuing to build on their efforts to bring advanced vehicle technologies to our nation’s roads by requiring vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology to be included in all new light-duty vehicle models. This technology could dramatically reduce the number of accidents and traffic fatalities on our roads, especially when combined with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology and automated vehicles. It is also important that this proposed rule encourages developers and government to collaborate and ensure all vehicles can communicate with each other using a standard language. At a time when more than 35,000 people lose their lives on American roads every year, vehicle-to-vehicle communications could help save hundreds of thousands of lives.

“Vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices will use dedicated short range communications (DSRC), and in order to reach their full safety potential, we must ensure these technologies are able to function without interference in the 5.9 GHz spectrum band. I’m pleased the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently testing proposals for sharing to eliminate possible interference between DSRC used in connected vehicle technologies and unlicensed Wi-Fi devices in the 5.9 GHz band. I have urged the FCC to complete this testing in a thorough, transparent and urgent manner to allow unhindered deployment of life-saving communication technologies on our roads.”

Peters’ letter to the FCC on testing in the 5.9 GHz band is available here.