Senate Eyes Transportation Tech

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, PTC on Hearing Agenda

The Internet of moving things continues to get increasing attention inside and outside the Beltway.

Sen. Deb. Fischer (R-Neb.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee's Surface Transportation Subcommittee, has called a hearing for July 7 on new transportation technologies. Among the witnesses will be Paul Misenor, VP of global public policy for Amazon.

Cable operators have been pushing the FCC to free up more WiFi spectrum in the 5-GHz ,where vehicle-to-vehicle communications already reside. The FCC also has been involved in discussions elsewhere on the Hill about positive train control  (PTC) technology, which might have prevented the deadly Amtrak derailment outside of Philadelphia earlier this year.

"I am pleased to join chairwoman Fischer to hold this hearing and discuss ways innovative technologies can help the federal government strengthen the safety and efficiency of our transportation network," said subcommittee ranking member Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is also a member of the Communications Subcommittee.