Connected Cars

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: Saurabh Surekha
Organizer: Raja Banerjea

Session Abstract:The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Feb 3rd 2014 that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second. This session will cover the primary use cases, regulatory requirements, protocol stacks, field trial results and expected market adoption.

Speaker: John Kenney

Bio: Dr. John Kenney is a Principal Researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View. He represents Toyota in cooperative projects between the Vehicle Safety Communications (VSC) consortium and the US Department of Transportation. He also represents Toyota in DSRC-related standards groups at IEEE, SAE, and ETSI. He recently testified on the DSRC spectrum sharing issue before the House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on Communication and Technology. He also participates actively in the IEEE 802.11 DSRC Tiger Team. His other current research interests include wireless congestion control and performance of vehicular communication networks. Prior to his work with Toyota, John was a long-time member of the Tellabs Research Center and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He has graduate degrees from Stanford and Notre Dame.

Title: Dedicated Short-Range Communications

Abstract: Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) is an emerging wireless technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure. This talk will illustrate how DSRC is used to prevent collisions. It will also introduce several important non-safety DSRC use cases, including automated driving. We will briefly explain how DSRC works, and present the status of protocol stack standardization in the US and other geographic regions. We will then talk about current technical and policy challenges for deployment. The talk will end with a summary of the auto industry position on spectrum sharing in the DSRC band.

Speaker: Jim Lansford

Bio: Dr. Jim Lansford is a Fellow in the Global Standards Group at Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), working on Wi-Fi standards and strategy. He has over 30 years of experience in communications systems, digital signal processing, and strategic business development. He has been Chief Technology Officer of three wireless startups (Momentum Microsystems, Mobilian, and Alereon) and has held senior technical positions at Harris and Intel Corporation. Dr. Lansford was formerly the co-chair of 802.15.3a (high speed UWB) as well as former chair of 802.19 (Coexistence) within IEEE 802, and was also a vice-chair of IEEE 802.15.2. He is currently vice-chair of the Wireless Next Generation Standing Committee as well as chairing a Tiger Team on coexistence between DSRC and unlicensed WLAN technologies in IEEE 802.11. In the Wi-Fi Alliance, he chairs the Automotive Market Segment Task Group, and is vice-chair of both the Long Range Strategy and the Wi-Fi SensorNet groups. In addition to his experience with CSR and other companies, Dr. Lansford has served on the teaching and/or research faculty of Georgia Tech, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Oklahoma State University, and was a Visiting Associate Professor at Texas State University. He is currently active as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Dr. Lansford is an ABET Program Evaluator, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has a Wireless Communications Engineering Technology (WCET)
Dr. Lansford has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State, an MSEE from Georgia Tech, and a BSEE from Auburn University.

Title: Vehicle to Vehicle Communications and the need for more Wi-Fi spectrum: Can unlicensed devices safely use critical V2V licensed spectrum?

Abstract: With the release of FCC NPRM 13-22 (Docket 13-49), the United States Federal Communications Commission has proposed allowing unlicensed devices such as Wi-Fi to share the 5.9 GHz ITS band, which is currently allocated for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), a wireless technology used for Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications, with applications such as collision avoidance. While DSRC would remain the primary, licensed user of the band, this proposal would create a new set of band sharing rules for the band that would become U-NII-4. Such a band sharing policy requires the unlicensed devices to coexist with DSRC systems without causing “harmful interference” that could have catastrophic consequences. This talk examines the issues surrounding U-NII-4 band sharing, reports on industry activities that are trying to balance the needs of the market segments that intend to use the band, discusses some initial ideas for how band sharing could work that adequately protect DSRC, and looks at future work that needs to be done that will inform regulators and the wireless industry about the safety, feasibility and practicality of sharing the 5.9 GHz ITS band.