Saudi Arabia to Launch 5.9 Gigahertz Bandwidth for Intelligent Transportation Systems

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is taking steps to further develop intelligent transportation systems by announcing plans to launch the 5.9 gigahertz bandwidth for “vehicle-to-everything” (V2X) technology. This initiative is being led by the Saudi Communication, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) in preparation for the rapid advancement of the intelligent transportation sector. The goal is to improve road safety, enhance the quality of life, and accommodate the upcoming influx of autonomous vehicles on the roads.

V2X technology utilizes sensors, cameras, and wireless connectivity to enable communication between vehicles, pedestrians, and even traffic lights. It provides drivers with crucial real-time data, facilitating safer driving practices and reducing the likelihood of accidents. By launching this initiative, the Kingdom aims to strengthen road safety and empower drivers with the tools they need to make informed decisions.

The CST will thoroughly examine V2X applications, different types of communication, and significant advancements in this field. Additionally, regulatory practices from various countries will be analyzed, alongside feedback gathered from public consultations. This comprehensive approach will ensure that the implementation of V2X technology is efficient and effective in Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, October 16, the Kingdom will host the fifth frequency spectrum auction, providing International Mobile Telecommunications with 600, 700, and 3800 megahertz bands. This auction will contribute to the successful deployment of intelligent transportation systems and pave the way for further advancements in the field.

March earlier this year saw the Ministry of Transport and Logistics announce the trial of an autonomous vehicle as part of its efforts to achieve the goals outlined in the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics. By leveraging artificial intelligence and contemporary transportation systems, the Ministry aims to reduce accidents and fatalities, improve mobility within cities, and minimize the environmental impact of the transportation sector.

In conclusion, Saudi Arabia’s plans to launch the 5.9 gigahertz bandwidth for V2X technology signal the Kingdom’s commitment to enhancing road safety and embracing advancements in the field of intelligent transportation systems. Through the utilization of sensors, cameras, and wireless connectivity, V2X technology will enable communication between vehicles, pedestrians, and traffic infrastructure, thereby empowering drivers and reducing the likelihood of accidents. With the upcoming frequency spectrum auction and the trial of autonomous vehicles, the Kingdom is poised to revolutionize transportation and set new standards for road safety.

– Saudi Press Agency (SPA)
– Ministry of Transport and Logistics