5. Dedicated Short-Range Communications

  1. Luca Delgrossi1 and
  2. Tao Zhang2

Published Online: 13 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch5

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

How to Cite

Delgrossi, L. and Zhang, T. (2012) Dedicated Short-Range Communications, in Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Information and Communication Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. T. Russell Hsing and
  2. Vincent K. N. Lau

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118132722

Online ISBN: 9781118452189



  • dedicated short-range communications (DSRC);
  • European Union (EU);
  • Japan;
  • United States;
  • vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety communications


In 1998, the U.S. Congress enacted the transportation equity act for the 21st century [TEA98], which directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to consider the spectrum needs “for the operation of intelligent transportation systems, including spectrum for the dedicated short-range vehicle-to-wayside wireless standard.” In the United States, the 75-MHz spectrum between 5.850 and 5.925 GHz is referred to as 5.9 GHz dedicated short-range communications (DSRC). It is often necessary to specify 5.9 GHz when referring to DSRC to differentiate the new spectrum from the older 900 MHz band of the same name, used for electronic toll collection. The European Union (EU) also recognized the importance of a dedicated spectrum for ITS. The European DSRC spectrum is structured into five 10-MHz channels, as opposed to the seven 10-MHz channels allotted to DSRC in the United States. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety communications are not an officially intended usage of DSRC technology in Japan.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

radio spectrum management; transportation