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Automakers Wrestling with Qualcomm for Wireless Space

Tech company wants use of "auto" only bandwidth.

by on Jul.08, 2015

Automakers are asking the FCC to deny a request by Qualcomm for space on the wireless spectrum dedicated to automakers.

In a preview of the car wars of the future, an alliance of automakers is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reject a proposal from Qualcomm, Inc. allowing certain unlicensed wireless devices to operate in the portion of the wireless spectrum that has been set aside for vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.

The automakers, speaking through Crash Avoidance Metrics Partners (CAMP) of Farmington Hills, Michigan, said the change would cause harmful interference with the soon-to-be-released V2V vehicle safety technology. Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, VW, Audi and Volvo Truck all participate in CAMP.

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In a letter to the FCC, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the automakers asked the FCC not to allow the change. The dispute illustrates the growing competition between automakers and tech companies over the control of key systems in future vehicles. (more…)

All New Vehicles Must have Backup Cameras by 2018

Rules finalized requiring makers to install cameras.

by on Mar.31, 2014

Backup cameras are becoming increasingly common but the government made them mandatory for all new vehicles by 2018.

On the heels of a study showing backup cameras save lives, the U.S. Department of Transportation laid out the standards requiring automakers to have cameras on all new vehicles by 2018.

The graduated requirement is for vehicles less than 10,000 pounds. In 2016, 10% of vehicles must have the cameras. That rises to 40% in 2017 and 100% in 2018.

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“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents – our children and seniors,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement today. (more…)

USDOT to Host Driver Clinics for Connected Vehicles

Experts say Intellidrive could save lives, fuel.

by on May.18, 2011

The next big safety breakthrough could come from having vehicles talk to each other - a concept called IntelliDrive.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host six clinics across the country to introduce drivers to vehicle-to-vehicle communications aimed at reducing traffic accidents and saving lives.

The first clinic will be at Michigan International Speedway in August. MIS has been the site of testing by companies that are developing the technology.

The remaining clinics will be held in Minneapolis, Orlando, FL, Blacksburg, VA, Dallas and San Francisco.

Researchers are developing systems that would allow cars to connect with other vehicles as well as infrastructure to reduce accidents as well as improve efficiency. In fact, some experts say that accident-free roads are possible.

Click here to read a story about the debate over connected vehicles.