Wi-Fi moves forward with connected vehicle certification program

The United States Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the next stage of the Wi-Fi Alliance's connected vehicle certification program.

Wi-Fi Alliance announced that the United States Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for the next stage of the consortium's connected vehicle certification program.

Wi-Fi contends that the initiative promises to advance the United States towards wide-scale implementation of both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure capabilities aimed at improving traffic safety and efficiency. The consortium contends that the success of its connected vehicle certification program "will hinge on delivering interoperable products and solutions that governments, industry, and consumers can depend on."

According to Wi-Fi Alliance, the standards for connected vehicles cover a range of protocol layers and functionality. IEEE 802.11 and 1609 reside at the lowest levels – the foundation levels for the full set of functions – and the consortium's experience developing interoperability programs for 802.11-based and higher layer products can be used to advantage within the connected vehicle certification programs, speeding the time to commercialization for these technologies and to lay a solid groundwork for the upper levels.

Wi-Fi Alliance encourages all potential respondents to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RFA to leverage its certification capabilities in their responses. By engaging Wi-Fi Alliance, the consortium contends that the government eliminates the need to develop a redundant forum, infrastructure, and process foundation to certify these elements of connected vehicle technology.

Read the U.S. Department of Transportation's full Request for Applications (RFA) regarding Wi-Fi's connected vehicle certification.

Additional information about Wi-Fi Alliance can be found at www.wi-fi.org/who-we-are.

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