World’s First 5G Powered Hardware For Self-Driving Cars

China’s Huawei Technologies launched what it said was the world’s first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry on Monday, showing us the sign of its growing ambition to become a key supplier in the sector of self-driving technology.

Huawei made a statement saying that the so-called MH5000 module is based on Balong 5000 5G chip which was launched in January. It also said that based on this chip it had developed the world’s first 5G car module with high speed and high quality.

The module was launched at Shanghai Autoshow, which began last week and will run until Thursday.

Huawei also mentioned that its 5G car module will promote the automotive industry to move towards the 5G era as an important communication product for future intelligent car transportation. The module will aid its plan to start commercializing 5G network technology for the automotive sector in the second half of the year.

In recent years Huawei has been testing technology for intelligent connected cars in cities of China such as Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Wuxi. It has also signed cooperation deals with a swathe of carmakers including SAW, Dongfeng, and Changan.

Demo of 5G communication hardware

It also conducted a demo for the same, which involved a human operator who remotely controlled a remote fleet vehicle via a driving control console.

In the test, the driver was located more than 35 kilometers away from the vehicle. Several high-definition video cameras were installed in the vehicle which sent multiple real-time HD video feeds to the driver, providing him with a 240-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings over a high-bandwidth network based on likely 5G technology.

5G networks also transmitted control signals for the steering wheel, gas pedal, and brakes, which provided the ultra-low latency needed to support instant response to different roadside conditions. From the driver’s remote position, he was able to maintain full control over the vehicle at all times.

Huawei also said that control accuracy was accomplished with the help of low-latency technology that reduces the end-to-end latency to below 20 ms, and HD video backhaul technology.

The intelligent and connected vehicles used in this demonstration were developed by SAIC independently. The demonstration was also based on the wireless network of China mobiles, which is equipped with low-latency and HD video backhaul solutions offered by Huawei. China Mobile is also the provider of the E2E remote driving system featuring edge computing technology.

The company, which is the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, is striving to lead the global race of next-generation 5G networks. Came under increasing scrutiny from Washington which alleged that its equipment could be used for espionage, Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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