ACMA creates a vehicle-to-everything license

15 Jan 2018

Australian telecoms regulator ACMA has introduced new regulations that will allow road traffic authorities to roll out intelligent transport systems enabling vehicle-to-everything communications.

A new radiocomunications intelligent transport systems (ITS) class license will support the use of wireless technologies and devices to enable vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-person or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications services.

The regulations will allow the 5.9-GHz spectrum band to be used for ITS services, the same band being used in major vehicle markets such as the US and EU.

“ITS are expected to make roads smarter, safer and cleaner through the use of communications technologies,” ACMA acting chair James Cameron said.

“The new Class License will facilitate the rollout of the latest transportation communications technology, putting Australia on par with other nations adopting ITS.”

In other connected vehicle news, Cisco has announced plans with carmaker Hyundai to support the production of a “hyperconected car” for Hyundai's premium 2019 vehicle line-up.

The two companies have been working since 2016 to develop a vehicle with a new approach to communications by using a software-defined vehicle infrastructure. The new platform will provide over-the-air updates and increased in-vehicle bandwidth by enabling IP and Ethernet services.

Using the open, secure platform, the companies are also exploring potential initiatives such as connecting cars to city infrastructure such as lights and parking meters, or integrating the platform into Hyundai data centers to provide access to real-time data.

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