EU Committee Decides on WiFi Vehicle Standard
Did you catch that? Wireless capability. That may be even better than self-driving cars!
Okay, maybe marginally. It's still exciting, though. The fact is the automotive industry has already dabbled quite a bit into WiFi capability, making it that much easier for drivers to stay connected -- and their vehicles to stay connected -- every day, every minute. It's a phenomenal idea, but not without its obstacles and concerns.
There's a Reason Why Some Want to Prefer the Latest 5G Technology Shift
You may have heard of the latest 5G adaptations and integrations going on, like right here. Hard to refute. 5G mobile technology will literally change the way we use our phones, so we can only imagine just what will happen to the cars we drive.
This begged the question one committee raised: what about WiFi-based technology? The possibility's there given the advent of the Internet of Things, and such prospects of updated satellite connectivity, drone mapping and more. There are now plenty of options to consider, making the market share that much more manageable.
I mean, sure, if some automakers and other companies want to stick with 5G, that's fine. Competition won't be as heavy. This means that other part of the pie might go to this new WiFi-based technology implementation via telecom operators and equipment makers. Benchmarks simply had to be set with the committee at a worth of potentially billions of euros annually.
The Concern is Safety and Data Privacy
And while we already have questions about everything from self-driving to EV, the biggest question is online security. Will having WiFi-enabled cars be safe on the road? 5G would certainly feel perhaps a bit more "secure," but that's not necessarily true either.
One thing's for sure: the committee's opting for this WiFi-based technology via ITS-G5 would give European brands like Volskwagen and Renault that slight competitive advantage against those that prefer the 5G standard C-V2X of Daimler, Ford and PSA Group. Each to its own, though.
It's all about market share. However, that may change depending on customer feedback, ratings and rankings of those vehicles and the level of excellence. Without a doubt, adjustments will be made with this WiFi technology, modifying for compatibility with slightly outdated systems.
Expect the European Parliament to Make a Decision on the Committee's Proposal Soon
As in, within the month. They'll look at the particular clause for prior technology compatibility modification requirement and then vote with a majority ruling for yay or nay. However, the European Council (not Parliament) also has a say and a "vote" on this, however requiring a majority of the EU countries in session that could derail the proposal.
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