Car manufacturers disappointed about 5G delay
The Belgian federation of car manufacturers and importers, Febiac, is disappointed that an agreement between the different Belgian authorities on rolling out 5G has failed again. According to Febiac, this endangers the future mobility of all Belgians.
Febiac doesn’t understand that the different governments in Belgium once again didn’t reach an agreement for an auction of the 5G licenses for super-fast internet. The recurrent problem is financial, as always. The regional governments assume they don’t get enough money when the licenses will be granted.
“Such a delay is endangering the future of mobility in this country”, says Luc Bontemps, CEO at Febiac. “The 5G network is necessary to connect cars and make them communicate with each other. Every second is of utmost importance, to avoid accidents but also to reduce traffic jams.”
Febiac states that a super-fast 5G network is necessary if we want to solve traffic congestion and have, in the long run, autonomous cars on our roads. According to the federation, safety will improve in this scenario too.
Future autonomous cars will have to communicate as fast as possible with each other and with the road infrastructure. “By doing so, we can immediately communicate about ‘black crossings’ or other problems”, adds Bontemps. “Local authorities can then act quickly and make the necessary adaptions.”
According to Febiac, such an important discussion as the future and the speed of our data networks has to transcend personal or regional interests. “The security of all road users is at stake, you can’t go on blocking this because of a financial dispute.”