3G shutdown coming at cost to car safety features

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Michael Brooks from The Center for Auto Safety said the impact to safety features is a big concern. “I think it’s inevitable that it’s going to reduce the quality and efficiency of medical care that folks receive when they’re in crashes and there’s no one else around with them,” Brooks said.

By David Johnson, WPXI-TV and WPXI.com News Staff
February 28, 2022

PITTSBURGH — The phasing out of 3G networks to make room for faster 5G service comes at a cost, and that includes safety features on many cars.

From emergency buttons to GPS navigation and automatic crash notification systems, functions drivers rely on for safety and convenience could stop working in their cars. Even remote entry could be affected.

And it’s not just older model cars. Many carmakers continued to install 3G technology — which they will now no longer support — up to 2021 and even 2022.

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