World News: Vehicle safety will drive early deployments of DSRC

World News:  Vehicle safety will drive early deployments of DSRC

While industry participants continue to fine-tune the details of the standard for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), major players are keen to start rolling out some product to begin getting real world experience.

Formal test plans are progressing pretty much on schedule, but there are indications that some OEMs will not wait for a national infrastructure to be in place before taking the initiative, according to a new report from ABI Research.

Early proponents of DSRC were bullish on the prospects for fee collection and vehicle identification. Those functions now appear to have taken a back seat to safety and traffic information – with the latter being particularly relevant to improving fuel consumption by reducing time spent idling in traffic jams.

“The worldwide government focus on improving safety and reducing fatalities will drive early implementations that will have limited functionality,” says David Alexander, principal analyst at ABI Research. “Once the basic infrastructure and a significant number of vehicles are equipped, new applications are expected to emerge that will accelerate the implementation of DSRC.”

The bandwidth and exclusivity of DSRC frequency bands will make it the preferred medium for safety applications such as intersection collision avoidance and advanced warning systems. Real-time traffic information is the next benefit, providing auto manufacturers with the potential for enhancing the value of built-in navigation systems. Municipalities and other organisations responsible for traffic flow are also keen to support the rollout.

Wi-Fi and cellular-based services, as well as custom systems for emergency responders, will continue to grow in the automotive space, and the challenge for the future will be to integrate with DSRC to provide seamless service for road users.

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