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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      "Automakers will simply have to overcome that challenge just like other tech manufacturers." And the point the cars get involved in accidents because of the interference who will be responsible or foot the bill? The automakers or FCC?
      Michael Peters
      • 2 Years Ago
      People with Dodge Neon's can't afford wifi. What an amateur rendering.
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      Do we have a bandwidth tax coming yet?
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      Just wait until the cars get hacked, like every other device that goes on a WiFi network.
      Joe Schmoe
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      Julius Genachowski is an oblivious, out of touch tool.
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      How nice of the FCC. For a few hundred bucks spent at Radio Shack any good hacker will be able to have his very own full-sized remote control Audi or VW or any other WIFI car.
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      my spider sense is tingling, oh wait is that a tumor growing?
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      Another stupid idea from the government. I wonder how many boobs are employed and what their salaries are. Put them in the "shovel ready jobs" along with 95% of the regulators and we won't need any other reductions in the federal government.
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      I do not see a problem if they implement it correctly. This is 2013, you can do a lot to share bandwidth and still keep the QoS of high priority data going. Having a dedicated band for inter car communication is really wasteful.
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