U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Broad Agency Announcement for Vehicle-to-Everything Communications Devices for Safety Band Spectrum Testing

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has released a broad agency announcement (BAA) to procure vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications devices to support the U.S. DOT's 5.9 GHz "Safety Band" spectrum testing. The devices will be used to evaluate the safety performance and capabilities of the devices through both small- and large-scale testing, including scalability and congestion, interoperability, and complex transportation scenarios.

Using the 5.9 GHz Safety Band spectrum, the U.S. DOT is testing whether LTE-cellular V2X, dual-mode DSRC/C-V2X, and/or 5G new radio technologies can meet the requirements for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) safety-of-life and public safety systems, as well as whether they can perform potential interactions with existing technologies that currently support the 5.9 GHz Safety Band. 

Based on evolving industry standards, there is a need to assess the commercially available off-the-shelf and prototype devices to determine if there is uninterrupted and seamless advancement toward transportation safety.

Responses are due on March 19, 2020.

All correspondence should be sent by electronic transmission to Amalia.Rodezno@dot.gov and a carbon copy to Veronica.Price@dot.gov. No telephone requests will be taken.