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Car Talk

Europe begins testing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications systems


"Under pressure to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption, and carbon dioxide emissions, the European Union has spawned a batch of projects to give cars the ability to communicate wirelessly with the road and among themselves. One of them is the Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems (CVIS) project. CVIS collaborates closely with the SAFESPOT Integrated Project, another EU-funded initiative. Both projects aim to provide a proof of concept for all their tested systems in 2009. In an important step toward getting these systems on the road, the European Commission agreed to an EU wide frequency band, 5.9 gigahertz, and allocated 30 megahertz of spectrum for vehicle and roadside infrastructure communications."


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