Ford seeks OK to test C-V2X using DSRC spectrum in California, Michigan

Ford Motor Company is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to operate Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) prototype gear in frequencies allocated to Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) service.

Ford has been one of the biggest proponents of C-V2X over DSRC. Because the FCC’s rules currently don’t permit C-V2X in the 5.9 GHz band, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has filed a request with the FCC to allow for initial deployments of C-V2X in the 5.905-5.925 GHz portion of the 5.9 GHz band. That request is still pending.

Other auto makers, like Toyota, are gung-ho for DSRC and continue to lobby for it to remain in tact. Spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band was allocated to DSRC a couple decades ago, but little transpired until recently, when others started eyeing the spectrum for other uses.