The EU opens a road to 5G cars linked to a boom at BMW, Qualcomm


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A state of the European Union opened competitive technologies for internet-connected cars on Thursday, rejecting a European Commission wifi-based push supported by Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE).

PHOTO FILE: Symbols of Qualcomm and 5G are visible at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019. REUTERS / Aly Song / File Photo

The result is a result of BMW (BMWG.DE) and Qualcomm (QCOM.O) supports a common 5G telecommunications system.

Germany, France and Italy, with powerful car industries, were among 21 countries to vote against the CE proposal at an EU meeting in Brussels, an EU official said.

This contrasted with EU lawmakers in April who supported the WiFi plan across 5G technology. The auto and high-tech segmentation industries from which technology works better and is safer.

The European Commission, which is seeking to set benchmarks for the potential generation of billions of euro in revenue for car makers, telecoms operators and equipment makers, has said that WiFi is now available, unlike the market. and 5G, and contribute to road safety.

“We will therefore continue to work with member states to resolve their concerns and to find a suitable way forward,” said European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc in a statement after Thursday.


Other WiFi technology supporters, which connect cars mainly to other cars, include Renault (RENA.PA), Toyota (7203.T), NXP, TrafficCom Auto Numbers and Kapsch (KTCG.VI).

Meanwhile, Daimler is among fifth generation (5G) standards, which will add up to cars and devices in the surrounding environment.BMWG.DE), Ford (F.N), PSA Group (PEUP.PA), Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), Ericsson (ERICb.ST), Huawei, Intel (INTC.Oand Samsung (005930.KS).

5G supporters say it has a wider range of functions in areas such as entertainment, traffic data and navigation.

The telecommunications lobby group welcomed the vote at ETNO, whose members have spent bills investing in 5G.

“Mobile and 5G solutions are back in the road safety picture. The automotive industry is now free to choose the best technology to protect road users and drivers, ”said ETNO director Lise Fuhr.

5GA, who supported the 5G, said the vote was “a strong signal to the Commission that technology neutrality should prevail”, said Chief Technology Officer Maxime Flament.

“Only a level playing field between existing technologies will deliver more efficient and effective mobility on European roads.” T

EU ministers are due to meet on 8 July when they are expected to formally reject the WiFi project.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Edited by Alissa de Carbonnel, Mark Potter and Alexander Smith

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