There has been a push in the Senate to open up the band of wireless communication airwaves that automakers have had exclusive access to. The legislation is designed to improve road safety by allowing vehicles to communicate with other vehicles on the road. The NHTSA says that the technology could eliminate some 80 percent of traffic accidents. But groups among the auto industry are concerned that by opening the connected car spectrum, it could create interference and put safety improvements at risk. More study is needed before connected cars can coexist on the same wireless spectrum, according to auto industry groups.
Expanding access of the wireless communication airwaves to improve road safety is a growing debate, though a mandate for vehicle to vehicle communications may be in the near future.