The Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC), a consortium of most major global automakers, will join key government officials and other automakers from around the world to help accelerate the development of connected vehicles by harmonizing standards.
The VIIC is a consortium of nine car and light truck manufacturers including BMW Group, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. Its focus is on precompetitive policy development supporting connected vehicle deployment.
The announcement comes as transportation innovators, leaders and officials participate in the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 16-20.
Connected vehicles using 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) technology can “talk” cooperatively with each other and with the roadside infrastructure. These “conversations” can provide connected vehicles with information on other vehicles, intersections, road signs, etc. Vehicles can use this information to help warn drivers of imminent dangers and help them avoid potential crashes.
International industry technical standards harmonization is a key to accelerating the global deployment of this technology. An efficient, harmonized set of standards among various markets would enable manufacturers to offer these cooperative communication systems to consumers through a less complex global rollout and at a lower cost to the customer. The VIIC envisions a coordinated rollout of vehicle and infrastructure DSRC technology in the U.S., along with similar rollouts internationally.
Along with VIIC members, partners in the global standards harmonization effort include the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the European Union (EU) and Japan governments, along with regional and global standards organizations.
CAMP VSC3 is providing a major part of the precompetitive technical standards research and development leadership in the U.S. The CAMP VSC3 (Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership - Vehicle Safety Communications) is a consortium of eight car and light truck manufacturers including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai/Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen Group.
In July, an important first joint vehicle manufacturer/government workshop took place in Germany. Representatives from U.S., European and Japanese vehicle manufacturers met, along with government officials, to discuss cooperation on connected vehicle technology standards.
Common goals and differences were identified, along with an agreed path forward for collaboration. The representatives agreed to an action plan, including looking at what messages and protocols potentially could be harmonized. Initial progress from that action plan will be reported at a meeting during ITS World Congress. Future events also are anticipated.
Source: Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium.