MEMA Weighs in on V2X Communications

Date: March 5, 2019
On Friday, MEMA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in response to its request for comments on vehicle-to-everything communications (V2X). The department’s notice contained nine questions in an effort to learn more about the state of play for V2X technologies.

The comments from MEMA addressed the changing landscape for vehicle communications technologies and the challenges of uncertainty resulting from some federal policies that are currently in limbo. For example, the NHTSA indefinite pause on its proposed rule on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and the ongoing concerns that the FCC will open up the 5.9 GHz spectrum, currently reserved for intelligent transportation systems, to unlicensed devices.

“MEMA supports DOT’s adoption of a technology-neutral approach to V2X technology to ensure that U.S. vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) can select the technology best suited for their platforms,” stated MEMA. “At the same time, a technology-neutral approach has opened some uncertainty vis-à-vis interoperability. Therefore, MEMA urges DOT to consider ways to ensure V2V- and V2X-enabled vehicles can seamlessly communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure.”

MEMA addressed both DSRC and C-V2X in its comments, particularly what some of the challenges are.

“The continuing development of V2X technology will accelerate the innovation our nation needs to improve vehicle safety and address highway capacity limits,” stated MEMA. “The challenges of sharing the 5.9 GHz spectrum band with technologies other than DSRC are not trivial and will require significant care and analysis to ensure that harmful interference will not occur.”

To view the complete comments, please click here.

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