The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system.
“OmniAir Consortium® applauds the U.S. Department of Transportation stressing the importance of V2X as a complimentary technology to automated vehicles,” said Jason Conley, Executive Director for OmniAir. “OmniAir is the first organization in the world to offer independent, third-party testing and certification for V2X devices.”
Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0′(AV 3.0) builds upon-but does not replace-voluntary guidance provided in ‘Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety.’
Notably, the updated guidance affirms that the USDOT is continuing its work to preserve the ability for transportation safety applications to function in the 5.9 GHz spectrum. Across the United States, there are over 70 active deployments of V2X communications utilizing the 5.9 GHz band.
Over the past 20 years, the USDOT has invested $700 million in research and deployment of V2X through partnerships with industry and state/local governments. As a result of these investments and partnerships, V2X technology is on the verge of wide-scale deployment across the Nation.
– p. 31, Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0
The USDOT currently estimates that by the end of 2018, over 18,000 vehicles will be deployed with aftermarket V2X communications devices and over 1,000 infrastructure V2X devices will be installed at the roadside. Furthermore, all seven channels in the 5.9 GHz band are actively utilized in these deployments.