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Europe votes against EU’s plan to use WiFi over 5G for connected cars

July 05, 2019 / Ryan Daws

European nations voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a WiFi-based connected car standard in favour of 5G technology.The EU wants to use the WiFi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard, which is also backed by Volkswagen. Most of the rest of the industry disagreed with this perspective.Naturally, the mobile industry lobbied the most in favour of a 5G-based alternative known as Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X). A consortium of mobile industry bodies – including the GSMA, 5GAA, GSA, and ETNO – wrote last month to express their view that excluding 5G from Europe’s connected vehicles would be a terrible idea.