US Pitches Wireless Highway Safety Plan

Jim Duffy of Network Worldwrites:

The U.S. Department of Transportation and automakers are attempting to garner participation from the telecom industry in an ambitious project to enable nationwide wireless communication between cars and roadside facilities with the goal of heading off accidents and alleviating traffic congestion.

The Department of Transportation and officials from DaimlerChrysler and Nissan recently pitched the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) project to carriers and service providers attending the Telecom ’05 conference in Las Vegas. VII is a US$3 billion to $10 billion federally funded effort to build a 220,000-hot-spot network – supporting IEEE 802.11a and 802.11p – along interstate and state highway systems.

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