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Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology allows connected vehicles to wirelessly communicate with each other to warn drivers of potential dangers. With this information, the driver can take action to reduce the severity of the collision or avoid it completely. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that this technology could be a "game changer," potentially addressing 80% of vehicle crashes involving non-impaired drivers.

Several major automakers and numerous technology providers have been working with NHTSA researching the potential safety benefits of V2V. These systems rely on wireless technology in the 5.9 GHz frequency band.

Currently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is exploring whether this spectrum can be shared with unlicensed Wi-Fi devices, a decision that automakers believe should not take place until it can be proven there will be no interference.

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The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) urges Congress to consider a flexible, holistic view on automated vehicle regulation in a statement to the record regarding the Senate hearing entitled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars.” The attached statement was submitted on behalf of John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers. 


The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) provided statements emphasizing the importance of balanced and collaborative policy decisions related to automated vehicles (AVs) at the California DMV Autonomous Vehicle Workshop today.


Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO, Global Automakers

“Global Automakers welcomes the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement to develop a nationwide approach to automated vehicles and its commitment to the rapid deployment of this transformative technology.


Global Automakers reiterated its support of efforts to identify and test spectrum sharing solutions to determine if the 5.9GHz band can be safely shared with unlicensed users.  To demonstrate its willingness to work with all stakeholders to find the best path forward, the Association and other industry groups sent a joint letter to the Secretaries of the U.S.


Connected cars could revolutionize highway safety by saving thousands of lives per year.  Keeping the 5.9GHz spectrum band free from interference is a critical component to delivering the benefits of this groundbreaking technology. 

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing, “Wireless Broadband and the Future of Spectrum Policy,” to examine several options for satisfying the growing spectrum demand, including potential sharing of the 5.9GHz spectrum band.


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