August 28, 2014

Excitement Builds for ITS World Congress in Wake of Proposed V2X Rulemaking

By Brian Daugherty

NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been quite busy since February, when they announced plans to proceed with rulemaking to require V2X (Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, etc.) communication hardware in future U.S. light vehicles. This will be a hot topic at the upcoming Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Detroit.

On Aug. 18, NHTSA followed up its February announcement with an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that officially gets the process started. This is an important step as the industry moves toward V2X implementation in the U.S.  At the same time, NHTSA released a research report titled “Vehicle to Vehicle Communications: Readiness of V2V Technology for Application,” covering many aspects of V2X technology including readiness, cost and accident-reduction assessments. The report also summarizes the work that still needs to be done. Both the ANPRM and the research report can be accessed here. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and NHTSA are expected to announce similar plans covering heavy vehicles later this year.

In the near future, the FCC is expected to decide whether to share the V2X 5.9 GHz spectrum with unlicensed Wi-Fi® devices. There is concern that interference from these devices could result in blocked or delayed V2X message transmissions that might negatively impact preventable accidents. As we move toward rulemaking and eventual deployment, it is imperative that the V2X 5.9 GHz spectrum remain dedicated to transportation safety uses. 

On Sept. 7, the 21st ITS World Congress will descend on Detroit. In addition to the panel discussions and booth displays, technology demonstrations will be offered on some city streets and nearby Belle Isle. This follows last year’s excellent World Congress in Tokyo, which had a strong emphasis on vehicle-to-vehicle communication and automated/autonomous driving.  

Both of those themes will continue and V2X communications will again be prominently featured among many intelligent transportation technologies, ranging from toll systems and roadway monitoring to advanced intersection sensors and controls.  

Visteon is presenting our V2X system as part of a ride-and-drive Technology Showcase on Belle Isle. The demonstration highlights three applications that provide warnings to drivers: Obstructed Stopped Vehicle Ahead, Emergency Braking Ahead and Slippery Road Conditions Ahead. All three will present information to the driver using an integrated cockpit approach. Visteon also will have an exhibit in booth 801 at Cobo Center, displaying a range of advanced technologies including connected vehicle and infotainment demonstrations.

If you are attending the ITS World Congress, I invite you to visit our booth and our ride-and-drive to experience how V2X and connectivity can improve the safety and convenience of future vehicles. 

Brian Daugherty is an associate director at Visteon Corporation and has global responsibilities for corporate advanced development and intellectual property. Recent projects in his 23-year career include V2X communications, advanced driver awareness systems (ADAS) and the optimization of Visteon’s patent portfolio. Based at Visteon’s corporate offices and innovation center in Van Buren Township, Mich., Daugherty also manages a number of industry and university partnerships.

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