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Innovations in automotive technology are focusing on connections; both to other cars and the outside world. Connected cars could bring safety benefits, including lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warnings, and automatic braking. Connected cars can also enhance the driver experience with improved navigation systems and cars that can park -­ and eventually drive - themselves.

Global Automakers' members are committed to exploring ways to improve safety on our highways and believes connected cars have the potential to save thousands of lives each year.

Issues in Action



Opening Airwaves to Unlicensed Devices May Threaten Upcoming Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety Technologies

Washington, DC – Allowing unlicensed Wi-Fi devices to share spectrum with connected vehicles must not be permitted without thorough testing, said automakers today in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  

WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 20, 2013 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) urges the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to evaluate spectrum sharing as it considers a series of proposals aimed at expanding Wi-Fi use.  Global Automakers is concerned about the potential risk associated with introducing a substantial number of unlicensed devices into the 5.9GHz band as it may compromise the integrity of vehicle-to vehicle (V2V) accident-prevention technology systems.


Global Automakers filed comments with the FCC expressing support for a petition for rulemaking to modify the Commission's rules to permit the operation of unlicensed, short-range vehicular radar systems (SRR) in the band 77-81 GHz (typically referred to as the 79 GHz band).  The requested modification to the FCC rules would facilitate international harmonization of frequency allocations for short-range vehicular radar, which Global Automakers believes would promote


Global Automakers signed a letter coordinated by ITS America to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology urging the removal of provisions to mandate the auction of the 5.9 GHz band from current legislative proposals regarding spectrum auctions. The letter was signed by 42 other signatories as well.


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