Senators Want The Feds To Allow Automakers To Use Vehicle-To-Everything Technology

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They believe the technology will make American roads a lot safer.

Two United States senators are pushing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to grant car companies permission to use Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology, according to Reuters.

Senators Gary Peters and Cynthia Lummis have asked the FCC to authorize the use of this cutting-edge safety tech. As per the report, the FCC has received 18 waiver requests and none have been approved at this time. In November 2020, it said it planned to provide waivers.

Peters and Lummis said they hoped the agency would approve "waiver requests to enable deployment of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology in the 5.9 GHz spectrum band. C-V2X technology is poised to save lives, [and] will pave the way for the future of automobile and transportation infrastructure."


Audi could be considered a pioneer when it comes to C-V2X tech. In 2020, it unveiled a function that allows the vehicle to warn the driver of impending construction sites. This will come in handy on highways, for example, giving the diver ample time to slow down when passing through the zone.

The German automaker also says the tech can be used to improve safety in environments where extra care should be taken, such as school zones or in adverse weather conditions. At the time, Audi said it was confident that the technology could reduce American traffic-related fatalities by as much as 6,000 deaths.

Models such as the Q8 or Q8 e-tron can even make your commute much easier, by communicating with traffic lights up ahead.


The Ingolstadt-based automaker is also using C-V2X technology to keep cyclists safe. The vehicle can detect where the cyclist is situated and notifies the driver via a display in the instrument cluster.

Audi is one of the companies that has sent a waiver to the FCC but, as mentioned, the agency is yet to approve anything thus far. Hopefully, the Senators get their way, as this technology has the potential to save countless lives, especially if you count the myriad of automakers also investing in this field.


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