The US Federal Communications Commission’s decision to give up on “long-stalled” dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology in favour of cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) is likely to remain controversial.
“There’s thousands and thousands of engineers that have been working on DSRC, as if it’s the only game in town,” he continues.
“I’m pretty outspoken about these things - but a number of [US] states don’t believe that anything to do with cellular is real connected vehicles. It’s all become a faith-based thing because nobody’s got it all working. The FCC made the point that you can’t go onto a car lot in the US and buy a car with DSRC radio - nobody’s making them.”
But arguments over the spectrum will continue, he thinks.
"When you’re shouting so loud, it’s very hard to listen," Mulligan says. "And we’ve got a lot of people shouting at the tops of their voices and I think that blocks their ears.”
Allowing the private sector to take more of a role is important: “We’ve turned the government into systems integrators, by selling them bits and pieces," he suggests.
"And what we, amongst other companies, are looking to do is to help lead a change to outcomes-based contracting. Let’s deliver solutions to the government. And that will allow connected vehicles to go ahead.”
The full interview is in the January/February 2021 issue of ITS International