According to Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies, the world’s first 5G-powered hardware for self-driving cars was recently showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show.
Huawei launched the MH5000 module, which will contribute to the company’s plans to commercialize a 5G network for the automotive sector as early as the second half of this year.
The company expects the device to become an important communication product for intelligent, connected cars of the future. The module is also expected to support Huawei’s strategy to develop solutions for the automotive industry.
As the industry transitions into the 5G era, it’s increasingly turning to the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Eric Xu said, “Focusing on ICT, Huawei aims to enable car OEMs to build better vehicles. Based on ICT, Huawei aims to be a digital car-orientated and new-added components provider.”
Testing & Demo
Huawei has been testing technology for connected cars in a number of Chinese cities. The company signed agreements with several car makers, including FAW Group, Dongfeng, and Changan Automobile.
Last year, Huawei, China Mobile, and automotive manufacturing company SAIC jointly demonstrated the application of intelligent and connected vehicles. They used a low-latency network enabled by “5G Era LTE” and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology.
In the demonstration, a human operator controlled a remote fleet vehicle via a driving control console from over 30 kilometers away. Several high-definition video cameras installed in the vehicle provided a live 240-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings to the driver over a high-bandwidth network.
The 5G network also transmitted control signals for the steering wheel, gas pedal, and brakes. This provided the ultra-low latency needed to support instant response to various roadside conditions. According to Huawei, low latency technology that reduced end-to-end latency below 20 milliseconds (ms), along with HD video backhaul technology, accomplished the control accuracy.
SAIC independently developed the vehicles used in the demo. The demo itself was based on China Mobile’s wireless network, which is equipped with Huawei’s low-latency and HD video backhaul solutions. China Mobile also provided the E2E remote system that featured edge computing technology.
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Tomas, Juan Pedro. (23 Apr 2019). Huawei launches 5G-powered hardware for self-driving cars. RCR Wireless News.