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FCC Trying to Open WiFi Access Band for Connected Cars to Other Devices

Posted February 25, 2013 12:37 PM

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The Federal Communications Commission has voted to reexamine a 1999 decision to set aside the 5.9 GHz wireless band specifically for connected car technologies. Regulators want to allow other wireless devices to use the band in order to ease congestion at high-use areas like airports and convention centers. But automakers claim opening up the band now could jeopardize years of work on car-to-car communication. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group comprised of some 13 companies, has said the infant technology could be in danger if the federal government opens up the 5.9 GHz band now.

Automakers have been working to develop a system to allow cars on any given road to "talk" to each other to avoid accidents and reduce congestion, and developers fear allowing other devices to make use of the designated band could result in interference. But the FCC says that concern is overblown. Julius Genachowski, FCC chairman, says nearly every Wi-Fi band currently in use is also used by other services. Automakers will simply have to overcome that challenge just like other tech manufacturers.

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02/26/2013 4:50 AM

Hmmm something else to go wrong and drain the battery
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02/26/2013 6:28 AM

Go wrong, yes. And I can just see an increased liability as people come to expect, or are "trained" to expect, the technological safety net to relieve them of yet more common sense responsibility.

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02/26/2013 6:38 AM

Oh, great artistic rendering.

I see we have a jaywalker (probably texting on a "dumb" device because it has failed to alert him of the impending danger) walking across the street while the lane he is crossing has a green light for traffic.

But no fear!!!

The red car approaching him at speed is equipped with the new "Smart Car Communication Technology".

Watch as the speeding car automagically lays on the horn microseconds before it runs him over and then automagically engages "Flee Mode" and speeds off to the next intersection - all without driver intervention.

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02/26/2013 7:17 AM

...mmmmWith all this fur I could do with flea mode.Del

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02/26/2013 7:20 AM

Excellent!

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