Connected Car Technology offers great opportunity for Europe — EU legislation must allow it to succeed – POLITICO

Safer roads. Faster journeys. Lower energy consumption.
The promise of connected vehicle is boundless. Global leaders across the world are working to deliver this promise.
However, legislation being developed by the European Commission risks closing the door on Europe’s potential as a global connected vehicle leader.

Connected vehicle technology based on LTE-V2X will be ready to deploy in 2020.
It offers a unique evolution path to 5G. This will be the only genuinely future-proof technology for connected vehicles, enabling more reliable communication between vehicles, even without mobile network coverage, to improve safety for all road users for the long-term.

EU policy makers must give cellular technologies, from LTE-V2X today to 5G tomorrow, the same opportunity to succeed as all others. When writing connected vehicle legislation under the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive, the European Commission must not chain connected vehicles to one single technology, particularly if that technology has a shorter shelf life and risks holding back European innovation.

Now is the time to create space for new and disruptive 5G technologies that can transform the safety and efficiency of Europe’s mobility.

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