The EU has rejected a range of proposed standards for internet-connected cars, citing legal reasons.

Despite speculation, the EU Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, has indicated that the decision to block the proposed standards was not linked to calls for the standard to allow use of cellular technology, in particular 5G, as well as WiFi.

Car manufacturers and telecoms operators, including BMW, Daimler, Audi, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and Vodafone, had argued that the standard should be technology neutral, which would have permitted the use of 5G connectivity.

The decision means car manufacturers and telecom operators continue to operate without a set standard in relation to connected cars.