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.