Key EU committee rejects Commission push for Wi-Fi-based car standard

A key committee of EU lawmakers on Monday rejected a European Commission push for a Wi-Fi-based technology for cars, backing critics who support the alternative 5G standard.

The EU executive is seeking to set benchmarks for Internet-connected cars, a market for automakers, telecoms operators and equipment makers expected to be worth billions of euros a year.

The Commission’s preference for the Wi-Fi-based ITS-G5 would give Volkswagen and Renault an edge over Daimler, Ford and PSA Group which endorse the rival 5G standard C-V2X.

A clause requiring new technologies to be modified in order to be compatible with older technology has triggered alarm in the telecoms industry which is rooting for the 5G standard, and other involved parties.