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AMA opposes spectrum reallocation

FCC Plan Could Jeopardize Rider Safety

The AMA opposes a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to reduce the 5.9 GHz spectrum available for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, collectively known as V2X technology.

V2X technology enables vehicle actions that cannot be performed by unconnected automated vehicles, such as communicating with vehicles that are out of sight, providing road hazard warnings from roadside infrastructure and allowing AVs to coordinate actions, rather than making decisions individually. V2X complements AV sensors by providing information that is more precise, over longer ranges, and in non-line-of-sight conditions.

Increased use of V2X technology holds the potential to make America’s roadways safer for motorcycles by helping eliminate blind spots and the “I didn’t see him/her” excuse for crashes.
The AMA also urges all AV manufacturers and V2X developers to ensure that motorcycles are accounted for by their technology.

In opposing the FCC proposal, the AMA joined a coalition that includes state, city and county departments of transportation, automakers, vehicle suppliers, trucking companies, transportation safety groups, law enforcement, first responders, auto insurers, bicyclists and pedestrians.