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Fully Networked Car Show Highlights Role of Standards in ICT for Motor Vehicles

New York, Apr 15, 2009

Standards for information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles were put in the spotlight at The Fully Networked Car, a workshop held March 4-5, 2009, at the Geneva International Road Show. The fourth annual event was organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

With 26 speakers and over 100 participants, the workshop brought increased awareness to the standards behind networked cars and their benefits with regard to issues of climate change and sustainability of the environment. Through a series of five panel discussions, presenters demonstrated how car communications, traffic monitoring, highway safety, parking logistics, GHG emission reductions, and other related topics can all be facilitated through the use of ICT standards.

During the first panel session, presenters identified four “automotive megatrends” currently driving the industry: going green, safety, the affordable vehicle, and connectivity/infotainment. ICT standards already have a role to play in each of these areas, but proprietary technologies continue to increase costs and inhibit interoperability. “Seamless standards,” as defined by Jack Sheldon, IEC standardization strategy manager, will benefit governments, manufacturers, and drivers alike.

Building upon the “going green” megatrend, the benefits and feasibility of widespread usage of electric cars were principal topics of discussion throughout the two-day workshop. The Lightning GT Car, a high-performance prototype electric vehicle, was on display to underscore the industry’s increasing level of environmental awareness. With over 53,000 all-electric vehicles traveling U.S. roads today, standards for an electric vehicle charging infrastructure are needed to address issues such as location, connectors, communication interfaces, and geometry/capacity.

Another megatrend, “connectivity/infotainment,” was addressed in part by the .car approach, which details communications between cars and the Internet. This system could lead to improved driver and passenger safety, as well as reduced maintenance costs. According to the presenter, Arnaud de Meulemeester of ATX Europe GmbH, standards and existing internet protocols would be used to assure widespread interoperability of these systems, and a harmonization committee consisting of 14 organizations is currently being formed to work on these needed standards.

Additional topics addressed at the workshop included safety and security, and voice and audiovisual services. A number of areas for new standards work were identified, including automobile communication networks, smart grids, intrusion detection, and secure vehicle communication systems.

For more information, see the workshop report and presentations from the workshop. Next year’s event will be held March 3-4, 2010, in Geneva.

Who is doing the work?

ISO TC 22, Road vehicles

  • SAE International is the ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator

ISO TC 204, Intelligent transport systems

  • Chaired by Michael Noblett of Connexis
  • The Electronic Industries Alliance and the Telecommunications Industry Association together serve as the ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator

ISO TC 207, Environmental management

  • The American Society for Quality serves as the ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator

IEC TC 21, Secondary Cells

  • Battery Council International is the U.S. National Committee (USNC) approved TAG Administrator

IEC TC 22, Power electronic systems and equipment

  • The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is the USNC approved TAG Administrator

IEC TC 69, Electric Road Vehicles and Electric Industrial Trucks

  • Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is the USNC approved TAG Administrator

IEC TC 79, Alarm Systems

  • The National Fire Protection Association is the USNC approved TAG Administrator

IEC TC 100, Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment

  • Chaired by Mark Hyman of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
  • The Consumer Electronics Association is the USNC approved TAG Administrator

IEC TC 105, Fuel Cell Technologies

  • CSA America Inc. is the USNC approved TAG Administrator

IEC CISPR/SC D, Electromagnetic disturbances related to electric/electronic equipment on vehicles and internal combustion engine powered devices

  • The U.S. holds the Chairmanship (Mr. Poul Andersen)
  • SAE International is the USNC approved TAG Administrator

The coordinator of U.S. input for ITU activities is the U.S. Department of State.

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