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Toyota went before the House Energy and Commerce panel Wednesday to voice its concerns

Toyota Motor Corp. is worried that Wi-Fi could mess with auto safety systems, and believes it could be dangerous without proper testing. 

According to The Detroit News, Toyota went before the House Energy and Commerce panel Wednesday to voice its concerns. John Kenney, principal research manager at the Toyota Info Technology Center in California, told the panel that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shouldn't allow Wi-Fi to use part of the spectrum designated for automobile systems until tested for safety.

“We don’t want a mom driving a car down the road with kids in the back seat, and because she happens to be driving by a coffee shop that’s using Wi-Fi, her collision-avoidance system turns off,” said Kenney.

Kenney said it should "be proven that no harmful interference will impair the safety-of-life mission for which that spectrum is allocated," including kids using devices in the backseat of a car. 

Vehicles would be in communication with each other and traffic signals [Image Source: Volvo Cars]
Automakers are currently working on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, which allows cars to "talk" to each other and communicate warnings to the driver as well. For example, your car could let you know that another vehicle ahead is about to blow through a stop sign in an attempt to avoid a crash.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said V2V could one day help prevent up to 80 percent of traffic crashes.
Automakers and governments have spent about $130 million for V2V research and testing. Also, 10 major automakers and technology companies have been working with NHTSA’s Connected Vehicle Research Program since 2012 in a V2V pilot study in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Toyota clearly wants to see the technology work and be implemented in the coming years, hence its most recent Wi-Fi concerns. 
But Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb) responded to Toyota's concerns, saying, “there is room for both.”

Source: The Detroit News

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By freedom4556 on 11/14/2013 3:48:54 PM , Rating: 1
I just hope that they don't start requiring this "smart" traffic stuff one of these days. I fully intended to roll around in V8 powered classic American iron 'till I fall over dead. None of this hybrid/electric alumo-plastic infotainment-riddled Skynet nonsense for me, thanks.

RE: Classics
By Spuke on 11/14/2013 4:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
Even CA lifts smog requirements for 75 and before cars. That should say it all right there. I could see certain roads not allowing non-autonomous cars though but if enough people scream and wave money, that won't happen either.

RE: Classics
By tayb on 11/14/2013 6:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
Depending on how old you are you absolutely will lose your privileges to operate an automobile on public roads. It really is not a question of if but when. The massive economic and safety incentives are far too large to overcome by traditionalists who enjoy operating an automobile.

RE: Classics
By sorry dog on 11/14/2013 8:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
I can only hope I'm dead by the time that happens...

RE: Classics
By Murloc on 11/17/2013 5:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
that's wrong because cars from the 30s are extremely dangerous to other users of the road as well and they're perfectly legal because they're historical.

RE: Classics
By Flunk on 11/15/2013 12:24:29 AM , Rating: 2
I feel similar, except I don't care where the car is from or what sort of engine. There is absolutely no technical reason that automated and manual cars couldn't share the same roads and if they come for our cars I'm going to attempt the cold dead hands approach. Works for the NRA.

P.S. automated cars are basically just a more wasteful way to manage mass transit. Why not just have light rail everywhere? It would be more efficient and cost less. Self-determination is a big reason personal vehicles exist. If you get rid of that there really isn't much of an advantage over mass transit systems and mass transit has economy of scale.

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