Wireless traffic alerts up for FCC approval

| 12/18/2003

Federal regulators are expected to set aside a portion of spectrum for a new wireless technology that allows motorists to get traffic updates, buy fast food or find a nearby hotel, USA Today reported.

The technology, using antenna-equipped computers with small display screens, will operate much like wireless Web or Wi-Fi technology.

The Federal Communications Commission plans to license this short-range capability mainly to state transportation, local police and fire agencies. Some commercial services may obtain licenses as well.

Some of the uses for this new technology include intersection collision avoidance and roadwork warnings that automatically slow your car; traffic and frozen bridge alerts; capability for emergency vehicles to switch traffic signals to green; and electronic fast food payments.