What’s driving Europe’s strategy on connected cars?

15 CEOs from car companies, tech firms and telecoms operators wrote to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking him to change a draft legislative proposal that they argue could harm Europe's ability to introduce 5G mobile networks. [Shutterstock]

Throughout its four years in office, the Juncker Commission has promoted connected and automated cars and encouraged industry groups to invest more in developing the technologies. EURACTIV looks at what it has achieved.

President Jean-Claude Juncker even referred to connected cars in his famous “five scenarios” on the future of Europe last year.

The issue spans different parts of the Commission, and officials in charge of the EU’s transport and technology policies have been crafting strategies on how to accelerate work on connected cars.

Later this year, the Commission will propose new legislation on what technological solutions can be used to underpin connected cars that are brought onto the market in Europe. Car companies and telecoms operators are concerned that the decision will give preference to either Wifi or next generation 5G networks. The Commission insists it won’t take a side, but will remain “technologically neutral”.

The debate over which technology would be better fit has heated up, with different industry groups arguing that the Commission’s decision in the autumn could be a make-or-break moment for the future of connected and driverless cars.

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