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EU gives nod to WiFi over 5G in connected car standard war – for now

The European Commission’s decision to approve the WiFi based ITS-G5 for connected car communications ahead of the rival cellular-based C-2VX splits the auto industry down the middle, but is far from the end of the road in the standards war. The move has looked increasingly likely in recent months after intense lobbying on the EU’s executive arm from both sides. As we reported in July, the Commission was in receipt of a letter urging that it should back C-V2X signed by BMW, Daimler, Ford, PSA Groupe, SAIC Motor, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm, Nokia, Samsung and Savari. This group argued that opting for ITS-G5 would set back the European auto industry by favoring a standard that locked…

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