European Union member states, for internet connected cars, opened the way of competing technologies by rejecting the idea of enforcing a Volkswagen-backed WiFi-based standard by the European Commission.
The EU’s last Thursday announcement rose as a win for Qualcomm and BMW who were pushing the idea of competition to be based on 5G telecom system.
21 votes came against the EC proposal at a Brussels meeting of EU representatives, with France, Germany and Italy also among them where most of the powerful car-manufacturing companies operate, an EU official said.
The decision came in contradiction to an April endorsement of Wi-Fi plan over adoption of 5G technology standard in connected cars by EU lawmakers. In Europe, auto industry and tech companies have been divided over the question of which technology would be better and safer to be used in internet connected cars.
The European Commission is intending setting standard for a market that could result in generation of revenue worth billions of euros for car manufacturers, wireless telecommunication companies and relevant equipment makers and it said that unlike 5G, Wi-Fi is the technology currently available that would help makes roads safer.
In a statement following the results of the voting, on Thursday, European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said that the her office will therefore remain working together with member states to attend to their worries and find an appropriate solution in our way forward.
Wi-Fi technology primarily used to connect cars with other cars whereas fifth generation (5G) standard link up to cars as well other devices in the surrounding environment providing connections between many of the different devices simultaneously.
While many of the car makers in Europe support the use of Wi-Fi technology including Toyota, Autotalks, NXP, Kapsch TrafficCom and Renault,; 5G technology has also get the companies like Daimler, Deutsche Telecom, PSA Group, Huawei, Ericsson, Samsung, Intel and Ford at the back of it.