Industry warns on US investigation into V2X

Industry warns on US investigation into V2X

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By Nick Flaherty

Several industry associations have come together to warn the US government about an investigation into the safety and operation of V2X automotive wireless communications.

This follows Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the US Department of Transport to look more closely at V2X technology.

The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) note that the recent Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking does not intend to imply that lifesaving technologies such as vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications are unsafe for use in the US.

However they warn against holding back deployment of the technology. This is also likely to be a warning not to prevent Qualcomm, the US-based leading supplier of V2X chipsets, completing its acquisition of rival Autotalks.  

“The United States is currently a leader in V2X innovation, but risks falling behind if the government hampers broadscale deployment,” they said in a statement. “We urge the Department of Commerce to work closely with transportation stakeholders to ensure that any resulting regulations that address national security risks are narrowly tailored to minimize unintended consequences or significantly disrupt industry efforts to deploy lifesaving safety technologies.”

According to the latest estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42,795 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2022.

V2X technologies, which allow communication between vehicles, infrastructure, and other road users including pedestrians and bicyclists, can dramatically reduce crashes and resulting fatalities. V2X technology can also help advance climate and sustainability goals by increasing traffic flow and efficiency.

They point out that V2X systems have been designed from the outset with privacy and security in mind, and that V2X has been deployed for a wide variety of use cases in states across the country without incident.

“Our members have worked closely with U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for several years to proactively develop a robust message security solution for V2X communications,” they said. “This collaboration has produced a security system that ensures V2X safety messages contain no personal or equipment-identifying information and that utilizes encryption and certificate management methods to limit data collection and prevent unauthorized vehicle manipulation.”

“Privacy and security are also key pillars of our members’ ongoing collaboration with USDOT on the development of a National V2X Deployment Plan. We also note that the supply chain for connected vehicle technology, including V2X direct, is mature, geographically diverse, and not dependent on any particular region or country.”

“We look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders on this matter to ensure the safe and effective deployment of V2X technologies,” they said.

Download the joint statement here

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