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European Commission to back Wi-Fi system for connected cars

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The European Commission is set to approve rules for the use of Wi-Fi in cars, giving Volkswagen and Renault who have pursued this technology the edge over Daimler and others who invested in rival 5G networks, reports Reuters. “The EU executive is expected to announce draft legislation on the issue next month for feedback from EU countries and EU lawmakers before adopting it next year. The decision is a crucial one for both carmakers and telecoms operators and equipment makers as the market for internet connected cars is expected to be worth billions of euros a year. While connected cars have been available for some years in Europe, the Commission wants to speed up their deployment and encourage cooperation between manufacturers to make safer and more efficient cars via legislation. Such legal protection and regulatory approved technical specifications would also reassure car buyers and auto insurance companies, advantages which cars equipped with a rival technology would not have.” The latest draft of the proposed rules seen by Reuters paves the way for cars equipped with Wi-Fi called ITS-G5 to hit the roads in Europe while regulators will review the rules at the latest three years after implementation to take into account any new technologies. This could mean that the alternative 5G standard called C-V2X could take months or even years to win approval. Supporters however expect a shorter timeframe. Read more

  • Monday, 22 October 2018

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