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Europe rejects mandated 802.11p for V2X, opens door to C-V2X

The European Union has rejected the European Commission’s recommendation that the WiFi-based (802.11p) ITS-G5 standard be mandated as the requirement for vehicle-to-X (V2X) capabilities, in a recommendation that did not make any room for the Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) technology favored by the GSMA community. This has opened the door for C-V2X, but it is important to note that this win is not equivalent to the EU mandating C-V2X. Given the number of times this decision seems to have flip-flopped back and for, this hardly seems the end of the process. Some 21 of the 28 member states, including the three countries with major automotive markets (France, Germany, Italy) voted against the EC proposal, but the European Transport Commissioner has said that…

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