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Global harmony

John Day

John Day

Posted Oct 25, 2011

The Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC), a consortium of nine global automakers, says work is underway to harmonize global standards for connected vehicles. Globally harmonized standards will enable automakers and other stakeholders to bring connected vehicle technologies to market more quickly and at a reduced cost for the consumer.

Connected vehicles using 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) technology can “talk” with each other (vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V), and with the roadside infrastructure (V2I). These “conversations” can provide connected vehicles with information on other vehicles, intersections, road signs, and more. Vehicles can use this information to help warn drivers of imminent dangers and help them avoid potential crashes. A Ford video ( demonstrates collision avoidance technology.

The 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) was held last week (October 16-20) in Orlando, Florida. The VIIC notes that connected vehicle technologies are a key part of the ITS initiative in the U.S. and other countries. It says there is a strong commitment In the U.S. to deployment of crash avoidance safety applications using connected vehicle technologies, and the consortium envisions a coordinated rollout of vehicle and infrastructure DSRC technology in the U.S., along with similar rollouts internationally. International industry technical standards harmonization is key to accelerating the global deployment of this technology.

Partners in the global standards harmonization effort, in addition to VIIC members, include the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the European Union (EU) and Japan governments, along with regional and global standards organizations. An automaker pre-competitive partnership, the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership – Vehicle Safety Communications (CAMP VSC3), is providing a major part of the precompetitive technical standards research and development leadership in the U.S.

The commitment to global harmonization is a significant part of an EU-U.S. Joint Declaration of Intent on Research Cooperation in Cooperative Systems signed by government representatives in 2009. Working groups organized under the Joint Declaration have held regular meetings on harmonization of technical standards and related matters.

The first joint vehicle manufacturer/government workshop took place in Germany in July. Representatives from U.S., European and Japanese vehicle manufacturers met, along with government officials, to discuss cooperation on connected vehicle technology standards. Common goals and differences were identified, along with an agreed path forward for collaboration. The representatives agreed to an action plan, including looking at what messages and protocols potentially could be harmonized.

“The potential for vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other and the roadside to help prevent crashes and improve mobility represents an exciting opportunity,” says VIIC President Tom Schaffnit. “Work to harmonize related technical standards internationally can help support deployment of this technology here and in other countries.”

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