Not in our car!

US Department of Transportation Set to “Mandate” 5.8 GHz Wireless Antennas in all Cars

The Department of Transportation is proposing to require “vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication in all light vehicles in the United States. More info including a press release below.

***Comments to the Dept. of Transportation are due Oct. 20, 2014***

***That’s tomorrow- Monday by 11:59pm EST***

Please make a comment even if it is a brief statement.
Building a record of opposition is very important.

It’s not going to make our roadways any safer if we’re causing heart problems, blurry vision, or headaches in drivers.

Include in the subject line and at the top of your comments:

Docket No.NHTSA–2014–0022

Email, go to
and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

Or, go to
and click the yellow button labeled ‘‘Submit comments on the 2014 V2V Light Vehicle Technical Report here’’

Fax: Send to 1–202–493–2251.

Quote from the USDOT press release:
“Safety is our top priority, and V2V technology represents the next great advance in saving lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

From a press release in February:
“V2V technology does not involve exchanging or recording personal information or tracking vehicle movements. The information sent between vehicles does not identify those vehicles, but merely contains basic safety data. In fact, the system as contemplated contains several layers of security and privacy protection to ensure that vehicles can rely on messages sent from other vehicles and that a vehicle or group of vehicles would be identifiable through defined procedures only if there is a need to fix a safety problem.”

Here is my comment to the DOT:

From: Josh Hart, Director, Stop Smart Meters!

I have a Masters Degree in Transportation Planning from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK, and more than four years experience working to document and reverse the community and individual health damage occurring from wireless technology.

I also have personal experience with electro-sensitivity.  In certain situations when exposed to wireless radiation from wireless devices or cell towers, I have experienced headaches, sudden nausea, heart palpitations and other symptoms.  

Requiring a device- on every car in the United States- which emits microwave frequencies that can cause these kinds of symptoms in drivers- can in no way be described as a “safety project.”  

Such a project needs to be put on hold indefinitely, in light of emerging evidence of the carcinogenicity and neurological impairment that can be caused by exposure to wireless radiation, particularly from multiple sources at once, such as with a future scenario from the car’s wi-fi, personal cell phone, nearby cell tower, V2V transmitter, nearby smart meters, etc.  

The effect of such radiation is cumulative.  Those drivers needing to limit the radiation in their cars- for medical reasons- should be able to do so.  Public transit should have “quiet areas” with no wireless use allowed.

Mandating a toxic “possibly carcinogenic” (according to the World Health Organization) radiation emitter in everyone’s car is a violation of the ADA and will be inviting mass non-participation and project failure if it is allowed to proceed without an investigation into the driver safety impacts of exposure to high frequency pulsed microwave radiation.

And speaking personally,

You will have to pry my cold, dead fingers from the steering wheel before I will ever let you install one of these in my car.

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
On page 6 are more specific instructions for submitting comments.
Press release

§Read the ANPRM
§Read “Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications: Readiness of V2V Technology for Application” research report
§The ANPRM will be available at the docket (NHTSA-2014-0022) and members of the public will have the opportunity to comment for 60 days
§Go to NHTSA’s V2V Communications site for more information