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DOT 49-15
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Contact: Gordon Trowbridge, 202-366-9550, Public.Affairs@dot.gov


Pushing V2V forward, modernizing regulatory framework aimed at speeding up technologies that can save lives, reduce crashes


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was at Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley today to announce a series of steps to speed life-saving technology innovations to America’s highways. He also pledged to work with the auto industry and technology companies to ensure that vehicle automation technologies with demonstrated safety benefits can come to market. Secretary Foxx was in California as part of his tour to highlight our nation’s third annual Infrastructure Week, which brings together thousands of stakeholders across the country to highlight the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure future.

“The Department wants to speed the nation toward an era when vehicle safety isn’t just about surviving crashes; it’s about avoiding them,” Secretary Foxx said. “Connected, automated vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure have the potential to revolutionize road safety and save thousands of lives.”

The Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will move ahead of its public time table for its proposal to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication devices in new vehicles, and work to accelerate testing necessary to ensure that V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure transmissions are free from radio interference.

The steps Secretary Foxx announced today include:

  • Accelerating the schedule of NHTSA’s proposal to require V2V equipment on new vehicles. Last year, the agency published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking and planned to send a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review in in 2016. Foxx announced the Department has accelerated its goal and plans to send the proposal for OMB review by the end of this year.
  • Developing an expedited test plan on interference with V2V signals. Members of Congress and the Federal Communication Commission, which controls radio spectrum, have expressed interest in testing whether the 5.9GHz spectrum reserved for V2V communications can be “shared” with unlicensed users. The Department is committing to complete a preliminary test plan within 12 months after industry makes production-ready devices available for testing.
  • Ensuring that the Department’s regulatory framework accelerates safety innovations. Innovation makes America’s roads safer, and the Department is working to identify obstacles in the current framework to better understand where problems can be addressed internally and where we will need Congressional action.

Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley is one of many research facilities working on connected automation technologies. Earlier this year, Delphi researchers drove an automated vehicle from California to New York.

Earlier this year, U.S. DOT released a landmark study titled “Beyond Traffic,” that looked at the trends and choices facing American transportation over the next three decades. These included a rapidly growing population, demographic and migratory shifts in rural and urban areas, increasing freight volume, and innovations like V2V that will enhance safety and efficiency. To learn more about the study, please visit www.dot.gov/BeyondTraffic.

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