This report summarizes the communications needs of the motorist and briefly describes existing CB motorist-aid systems. The major emphasis is on suggested FCC actions to improve the motorist-aid and emergency capabilities of the Citizens Radio Service. On CB, literally millions of users share only 23 channels. Even if the number of channels is increased to 50 or 100, expanded rule enforcement and public education efforts are needed to insure effective use of the available spectrum space. Because of the heavy volume of motorist-aid messages in some areas, at least one additional motorist-aid channel would be desirable in an expanded Class D service. Oneway advisory channels within or adjacent to Citizens Radio Service frequency allocations may be a very cost-effective means of disseminating road, traffic, and weather information. Automatic transmitter indentification would aid in rule enforcement and reduce the transceiver theft problem. It would also make possible new technical concepts such as automatic CB emergency telephone interconnect devices, to improve emergency monitoring coverage. Low-cost automatic identification techniques are described in this report. A VHF or UHF Citizens Radio Service would be much better suited technically than the present 11-meter Citizens Band for a nationwide motorist communications system. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Honeywell, Incorporated

    Systems and Research Center, 2600 NE Ridgeway Parkway
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55413
  • Authors:
    • Koehler, L E
    • Berg, R O
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179472
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-76-124 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-8483
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1978 12:00AM