March 2019 Community Call

March 6th, 2019 11:00am

Scott Belcher, SFB Consulting


Manufacturers, technology providers, and national and regional governments have invested billions of dollars in connected and autonomous vehicle research, pilots and demonstrations. Underlying the potential success for these important life-saving technologies is the need for communications infrastructure and interoperability. The questions invariably remain: what communications technology best serves the most? Who will build the infrastructure on which it will operate? Who will pay for it? Building that infrastructure will, in large measure, be the responsibility of the private sector pursuing communications business opportunities. The building of the necessary communications infrastructure is reminiscent of the “chicken and egg” metaphor, which in our opinion requires that the specifications for Connected Vehicles (CVs) and Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) come first. As a result, the recommendations in this report focus on how to establish a clear path forward for CVs and AVs. Based on these findings, we believe that the necessary infrastructure will fall into place.