The automotive industry is now free to choose the best technology to protect road users and drivers,” ETNO director general Lise Fuhr said. 5G supporter 5GAA said the vote represented “a strong signal to the Commission that technology neutrality should prevail”, Chief Technology Officer Maxime Flament said. “Only a level-playing field between existing technologies will allow safer, more efficient mobility on European roads.
The European Commision, which wants to set benchmarks for a market that could generate billions of euros in revenues for carmakers, telecoms operators and equipment makers, has said wifi is available now, unlike 5G, and would help road safety. “We will therefore continue to work together with member states to address their concerns and find a suitable way forward,” European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said in a statement on Thursday following the vote.