5G is the next generation wireless network technology that is expected to significantly increase data speeds, produce ultra-low latency times, support the connection of many more devices, and increase the energy efficiency of the network elements. Some future applications that will require the characteristics of 5G include:

  • Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Remote health services and healthcare monitoring
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Smart cities and smart homes
  • Industrial automation
  • Device interconnection (IoT)

While there are significant opportunities presented through the deployment of 5G, it is not without its challenges including:

  • Defining standards to ensure interoperability
  • Building the infrastructure
  • Support for a significant increase in devices on the network as well as a wide variety of devices
  • Wide range of requirements for the various applications
  • Cost considerations
  • Reliability and security requirements
  • Energy efficiency expectations

The IEEE Future Directions 5G Initiative strives to aggregate information about the various endeavours occurring worldwide in order to provide a community of professionals in the industry, academia, and government working to solve the challenges associated with 5G. Through various outlets, participants in 5G Technical Community can learn and collaborate on the 5G Initiative that has applications in many industries and markets.

Chair: Jae-Hong Lee

Land Transportation

The Land Transportation Division is a standing Technical Committee of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society that covers the technology relating to electrical and/or electronic aspects of ground transportation (VTS Bylaws Article VIII, Sec 2.4), including the components and systems used in both automated and non-automated facets of ground transport technology (VTS ConstitutionArticle II, Sec 1(c)).

The Land Transportation Committee covers a complete Field of Interest of the Society, namely, Land Transportation. Hence, at the discretion of the members concerned and approval by the VTS Board of Governors, the Land Transportation Committee was designated as a Division of the Society, and functions as a sub-entity of the Society (VTS Bylaws Article VIII, Sec 2.1).

Currently, the major field of interest is the rail transportation systems, including high-speed rails, mainline rails, transit systems, and Light Rail systems. The Land Transportation Division jointly sponsors the ASME/IEEE Joint Rail Conference with the Rail Transportation Division of ASME for over fifty years.

Chair: Cara Levy

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

This initiative is targeted at promoting the development of activities in the area of automated vehicles, a high priority area for VTS and IEEE. Automated vehicles will rely on sensors and wireless connectivity to improve road safety and management, and their fundamental technologies are aligned with the fields of interested of the Vehicular Technology Society. The Automated Vehicles program seeks to promote technical activities, networking, publications, standards and access to technical information in connected vehicles.

Chair: Javier Gozalvez

Motor Vehicles

The Motor Vehicles area of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society aims to provide a forum for sharing knowledge, experience and creative ideas in vehicle power and propulsion in order to develop and promote clean technology for future transportation systems. Motor Vehicles addresses the power parts of vehicles, including: energy and power sources (battery pack, fuel cell systems, ultracapacitors, internal combustion engine, etc), power electronics, motor drives and electric power systems, vehicular electronics and intelligent transportation systems, charging systems and infrastructures. Motor vehicles area is not limited to ground transportation but includes as well sea, air and space applications.

Motor vehicles organizes numerous technical activities as the IEEE VTS Vehicular Power & Propulsion Conference, the Motor Vehicles Challenge, various summer school, etc. Related technical content is available in conference proceedings and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Motor Vehicles video records (keynotes, tutorials, etc) are offered at the VTS Resource Center.

Chair: Loic Boulon

Visit Motor Vehicles Challenge 2021


The VTS Propagation Committee has a history of tending to the propagation prediction needs of the Land Mobile community. Its mission has evolved as the needs of the community have evolved.

In its initial phase of existence, it investigated and published propagation prediction algorithms for the 800 MHz band.

In its second phase, it worked jointly with a working group of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to produce the Telecommunications Systems Bulletin now known as TSB-88A, which is applied chiefly to frequency coordination but also contains system design advice. The VTS Propagation Committee’s chief contributions to that document were to the sections on propagation prediction and on environmental noise.

In its current phase, the Committee, now chaired by Dave Michelson, is providing resources to the Land Mobile Radio propagation community. Visit its website at http://propagation.vtsociety.org/.

Chair: Dave Michelson

Visit its website at http://propagation.vtsociety.org/.

Land-Mobile Radio

The Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) Committee deals with technical matters related principally to Private Land Mobile Radio applications including, but not limited to, Public Safety Applications, Critical Infrastructure Applications, and Transportation Radio applications.

Chair: Robert Shapiro