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DOT Calling for Autonomous Vehicle Spectrum Allocation

Jeff Brody

The Transportation Department is seeking to preserve the spectrum allocated for autonomous vehicles to develop the nation’s connected-vehicle infrastructure, FCW reported Thursday.

Finch Fulton, deputy assistant secretary for policy at DOT, told the publication that the spectrum should be able to accommodate Dedicated Short Range Communications crucial to ensure traffic safety in vehicle-to-vehicle technology. He added that preserving a dedicated spectrum for such operations will aid the DOT in establishing rules for autonomous vehicle transport.

Fulton’s comments come after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he is willing to open a spectrum for unlicensed applications last month.

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