On Friday, the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC), a consortium of global automakers, announced they will join key government officials and other automakers from around the world to help accelerate the development of connected vehicles by harmonizing standards.
According to the VIIC, globally harmonized standards will enable the automakers and other stakeholders to bring connected vehicle technologies to market more quickly and at a reduced cost for the consumer. Connected vehicle technologies are a key part of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) initiative in the U.S. and in other countries, and are expected to enhance motor vehicle safety. The technologies also could help reduce traffic congestion by amassing data from many connected vehicles to provide real-time traffic updates, says VIIC.
International industry technical standards harmonization is a key to accelerating the global deployment of this technology, says VIIC. 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. 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. An automaker pre-competitive partnership, the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership - Vehicle Safety Communications (CAMP VSC3), is providing a major part of the precompetitive technical standards research and development leadership in the U.S., says VIIC.
The commitment to global harmonization is a significant part of an EU-U.S. Joint Declaration of Intent on Research Cooperation in Cooperative Systems signed by government representatives in 2009. Working groups organized under the Joint Declaration have held regular meetings on harmonization of technical standards and related matters.