The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently joined nine other transportation organizations in support of a joint statement issued December 14 “reaffirming” their belief that deployment of vehicle-to-everything or V2X technologies will save lives and that removing “regulatory uncertainty” will help achieve that goal.
The statement’s signatories all believe that 2023 will be a “pivotal year” for V2X deployment and that, with the industry aligned behind cellular vehicle-to-everything or C-V2X, called for clearing a regulatory pathway to create a “unified, nationwide approach” for C-V2X deployment.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation recently held a V2X Summit [at] which it committed to the development of a Nationwide V2X Deployment Plan, lending crucial leadership to the deployment of these technologies,” the statement said.
“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to deliver much-needed regulatory clarity for the deployment of C-V2X through the issuance of pending waivers to operate in the 5.9 GHz Band,” it added, noting that as “multiple stakeholders” are making significant investments in C-V2X, “urgently need” waivers under consideration at the FCC so they can move forward with their deployment plans.
“[Establishing] interference-free dedicated spectrum and the regulatory framework that will allow for widespread deployment of C-V2X … can dramatically reduce crashes and fatalities on American roads for all road users,” the groups said in the statement.
As those steps are undertaken, all 10 organizations signed on to the joint statement said they plan to “collaboratively resolve remaining issues to deploy C-V2X, giving drivers and other road users a critical tool to improve safety, reduce crashes, and decrease fatalities.”
State departments of transportation have supported C-V2X development in a variety of ways. For example, the Virginia Department of Transportation has worked with vehicle maker Audi and several other firms over the last two years to pilot test C-V2X technology in a variety of scenarios – including work zones.
AASHTO has long championed efforts to deploy V2X technologies as a way to improve roadway safety – going so far as to file a lawsuit in 2021 with the Intelligent Transportation Society of America against the FCC in an effort to preserve vitally needed wireless spectrum. However, the District of Columbia Circuit Court ultimately dismissed that lawsuit in August. Information courtesy of AASHTO.