Brian Watson, ATSSA's Director of New Programs
If you're confused about the future of connected and automated vehicles (CV/AV), you are not alone in your concern. The 2016 ITS America conference included a session titled, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles; Preparing for the Future, which showcased just how varied the communication techniques are for V2X technologies. For those who are familiar with intelligent transportation systems (ITS), you know that there are many potential ways for vehicles to communicate with roadside safety equipment. Dedicated short range communication (DSRC) provides quick-response one-way or two-way communication with dedicated bandwidth by the Federal Communication Commission for the exchange of safety messages. While DSRC seems to be an early frontrunner, other technology developers are using more traditional long term evolution cellular networks (4/5G), like those used for cell phone data transmission to develop tools that can also be available for in-vehicle communication. These rapidly developing processes and applications muddy the waters and make things more difficult for ATSSA members attempting to develop methods or tools to interface with these emerging technologies.