FCC Chapter: 12.14
Encourage Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Advanced communications systems also have the potential to help reduce the nation's tens of thousands of automobile fatalities each year.
For some ITS applications, such as vehicle-to-vehicle collision avoidance, dedicated shortrange communication (DSRC) technology may be required because it provides extremely low latency communication between vehicles. However, these applications require a critical mass of vehicles with the technology to deliver real benefits.
Practically speaking, this means the Department of Transportation would need to mandate the technology in new vehicles or otherwise encourage adoption, possibly by implementing a consumer information program through the New Car Assessment Program.
DOT has committed to making a decision on its approach by 2013.
The Department of Transportation should explore ways to leverage commercial wireless data networks and the Internet to achieve its goals.
Whatever the ultimate decision, the country need not wait for deployment of DSRC technology to begin aggressively developing and deploying smart transportation applications. In the 10 years since the FCC allocated spectrum for ITS applications, commercial wireless data networks have been built to cover much of the country's roadways. These networks and Internet-hosted applications are capable of delivering many of the efficiency, mobility and sustainability applications envisioned in ITS.