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USDOT Releases Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Spectrum Sharing Test Plan

In May, 2015, the USDOT announced a series of initiatives to speed the development of advanced technologies that could enhance highway and roadway safety. Among those initiatives is an effort to prepare to test the safety impact of wireless devices designed to share the section of the radio spectrum reserved for vehicle safety applications such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications in the 5850-5925 MHz band.

In cooperation with other federal partners, including significant input from our colleagues at the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, USDOT has developed a DRAFT analysis plan that first creates a baseline that will be used to support further analysis of spectrum sharing within 12 months of receiving test devices from industry. The draft continues to be open to comments.