Automakers To Work With Governments On Connected Car Standards

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NOVI — The Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium, a consortium of most major global automakers, will join key government officials and other automakers from around the world to help accelerate the development of connected vehicles by harmonizing standards.

In the United States, there is a strong commitment to deployment of crash avoidance safety applications using connected vehicle technologies.

Globally harmonized standards will enable the automakers and other stakeholders to bring connected vehicle technologies to market more quickly and at a reduced cost for the consumer. The announcement comes as transportation innovators, leaders and officials participate in the premier event showcasing intelligent transportation, the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 16-20.

Connected vehicle technologies are a key part of the Intelligent Transportation System initiative in the U.S. and in other countries. They are expected to be the next frontier for enhancing motor vehicle safety. The technologies also could help reduce traffic congestion by amassing data from many connected vehicles to provide real-time traffic updates.

Connected vehicles using 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communication technology can “talk” cooperatively with each other and with the roadside infrastructure. These “conversations” can provide connected vehicles with information on other vehicles, intersections, road signs, etc. Vehicles can use this information to help warn drivers of imminent dangers and help them avoid potential crashes.

International industry technical standards harmonization is a key to accelerating the global deployment of this technology. An efficient, harmonized set of standards among various markets would enable manufacturers to offer these cooperative communication systems to consumers through a less complex global rollout and at a lower cost to the customer. The VIIC envisions a coordinated rollout of vehicle and infrastructure DSRC technology in the U.S., along with similar rollouts internationally.

Along with VIIC members, partners in the global standards harmonization effort include the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the European Union and Japan governments, along with regional and global standards organizations. An automaker pre-competitive partnership, the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership – Vehicle Safety Communications (CAMP VSC3), is providing a major part of the precompetitive technical standards research and development leadership in the U.S.

“The potential for vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other and the roadside to help prevent crashes and improve mobility represents an exciting opportunity,” said VIIC President Tom Schaffnit. “Work to harmonize related technical standards internationally can help support deployment of this technology here and in other countries.”

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