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Wi-Fi version of the IoT car trashed in a favour of 5G

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European countries have put a brake on the development of the car of the future. The European Commission proposed in March that cars would use Wi-Fi to connect with each other, with smart roadside devices and with overarching systems. That plan was rejected by the Member States on Thursday. They want Europe to also give 5G internet a chance.

The decision is a victory for companies betting on 5G. They have united in the 5G Automotive Association. Its members include automakers such as BMW, Daimler, Ford and PSA (Peugeot, Citroën and Opel) and tech companies such as Qualcomm, Huawei, Intel, Ericsson, Samsung and Deutsche Telekom. For WiFi trailers such as Volkswagen, Renault, Toyota and the Dutch NXP it is a defeat.

Of the 28 EU member states, 21 voted against the committee’s proposal.

“The fact that it has now been voted down means that the committee must come back with a better proposal,” a spokesperson for the Dutch representation at the EU explains.

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