FCC Votes to Endanger Motorcyclists
Vehicle to Vehicle communication (V2V) is a critical component of making sure motorcycles are protected from Autonomous (Driverless) Cars on the road. The technology can also be used by human drivers to prevent common collisions that kill motorcyclists such as left turns in front of riders. There are two competing technologies for V2V, Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) and Cellular to anything (C-V2X). ABATE of Illinois has been a proponent of DSRC for many reasons, but highest among them is that it doesn’t rely on cell network coverage like C-V2X does. Yesterday the FCC voted to give away the airwaves used by DSRC and mandate that the remaining spectrum be used for C-V2X.
This move was opposed by ABATE, NHTSA, DOT, and many other safety advocates.