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19 04 2019 02

STRASBOURG -- The European Commission's push for a Wi-Fi-based standard for cars backed by Volkswagen, Renault and Toyota took a big step forward on Wednesday after EU lawmakers endorsed Wi-Fi over 5G technology promoted by BMW and Qualcomm.

The EU executive wants to set benchmarks for Internet-connected cars, a market that could generate billions of euros in revenues for automakers, telecoms operators and equipment makers, according to analysts.

At issue are the rules of the road for future connected and automated cars in Europe, which will dictate how to send information between vehicles and infrastructure, such as making cars aware of other vehicles on the road as well as relaying signals from traffic lights and other facilities.

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