Aside from NXP, designers of DSRC-based V2V chips and systems include Autotalks/STMicroelectronics, Savari, Qulacomm, Cohda Wireless and Renesas.
The notice of proposed rulemaking will be open for public comment for 90 days. According to the DoT, the process from publication of the NPRM to a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard usually takes about one year. Two years after that the phase-in period begins with half of new vehicles in the first year being affected, 75% in the second year and 100% from the third year on.
NXP expects V2V to become binding in 2019. Noting that carmakers are already getting ready with 2019 model-year cars, Reger said the NPRM issued this week is a great stimulus for V2V chips.
Not done fighting
The NPRM doesn’t necessarily suggest that those who have fought hard to promote the use of cellular technology in V2V, instead of DSRC, are quietly going away.
Asked what will happen between now and the final rule, Drue Freeman, an Advisory Board Member to Savari, Inc., said, “I do expect a lot of lobbying from the anti-DSRC front during the next 90 days.”
More specifically, Freeman mentioned that “the same people who are pushing hard for everyone to sit back and wait for several years while they create a standard for 5G V2X, start testing against that standard, and build up a sufficient knowledge base to get us in 5 years where we are today with DSRC.”
In short, those in the anti-DSRC camp “are not done fighting,” he said. “For sure they should keep moving forward with 5G and keep innovating, but we need to get V2V on the road sooner than later. Even with this Proposed Rule Making, it will be several years before you see widespread deployment of V2V. It makes no sense to delay things even further.”