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Europe is a major win for WiFi-like connected car specs, over cellular

The European Commission’s decision to approve the WiFi-like ITS-G5 specification for connected car communications, rather than 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. Recent months have seen intense lobbying of 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 auto makers into a technology “which, despite…

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