For more than two decades, the federal government has set aside a slice of the communications spectrum for the auto industry in the hopes that carmakers could deploy connected-vehicle technology that prevented crashes and saved lives.
That hasn't happened. At least in widespread fashion.
Frustrated by the pace of progress, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, Nov. 18, on a proposal that would strip the auto industry of more than half its allocated bandwidth. Critics say that would squander billions in R&D investments and jeopardize the industry's ability to transmit these communications — known as vehicle to everything, or V2X — that could warn motorists of imminent dangers.