The auto industry has reached consensus on a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission outlining how it would use a spectrum band long assigned to automakers for vehicle safety.
In a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation outlined the industry’s plan for how the 5.9 GHz safety spectrum band will be used by so-called vehicle-to-everything, or V2X, technologies.
The proposal comes after the auto industry said last week it would deploy at least 5 million vehicle-to-everything radios on vehicles and roadway infrastructure within the next five years — if the FCC maintains the entire 75 megahertz of safety spectrum for transportation safety.
“We’re on the cusp of widespread V2X deployment,” said John Bozzella, CEO of the alliance, which represents most major automakers in the United States. “Vehicle connectivity will play a crucial role in optimizing road safety, bolstering our global competitiveness and providing…