BMW, Ericsson and Vodafone urges European Commission to consider 5G for cars

While an industry group prefers the adoption of a wifi-based technology for next-gen cars, others, including Intel, Vodafone, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, Qualcomm, Samsung, Daimler, Ford, PSA Group, and Huawei are pushing for an alternative 5G standard.

BMW, Vodafone and Ericsson have reportedly made a last-ditch effort to persuade the European Commission to open the doors for the usage of 5G technology in vehicles. Their representation comes midst concerns that the EU executive’s preference for a wifi-based technology that is being pursued by their rivals.

The trio have highlighted the need for the industry to have sufficient range of freedom to adopt a range of technologies for next-gen connected cars, a sector which is estimated to be worth billions of euros a year.

“It’s concerning that just two years later the principle of technological neutrality appears to be no longer adhered to by the European Commission,” said the trio in a joint statement.

Their comments come in the wake of a similar push by trade groups including 5GAA, GSMA and ETNO last week via a letter to all 28 EU member countries.

In its bid to encourage cooperation among manufacturers and speed up the rollout of connected vehicles in the bloc, the Commission is looking to legislation to help it achieve its goal.

The latest draft paves way for cars equipped with ITS-G5, a wifi technology, to hit the roads in Europe while regulators review the rules and take into account emerging new technologies.

Incidentally, BMW, Vodafone, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, Qualcomm, Samsung, Daimler, Ford, PSA Group, Intel and Huawei are backing an alternative 5G standard called C-V2X.

The Commission is expected to adopt legislation on this topic in 2019.

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