Ericsson announced a signed memorandum with Audi on the use of 5G technology during automobile production, an automobile manufacturer working for a “smart factory”.
Ericsson and Audi used the latter production lab in Gaimersheim, Germany, in the same simulation process used in Ingolstadt’s headquarters and field tested radio-connected production robots and others working on the ground I will. body.
Ericsson ‘s 5G demonstration network is installed in the laboratory, and companies will also consider using this technology at other plants in the Audi group.
Erik Ekudden (Ericsson’s Chief Technology Officer) said companies will test not only the connected vehicles but “smart wireless manufacturing”.
“This technology allows for faster data rates and higher networking capabilities and availability, ultra-low latency reducing response time between system devices,” Ericsson added.
Ericsson also conducted a test of 5G connected cars with NTT DoCoMo, Intel, DENSO and Toyota last year, reaching a data rate of 1 Gbit / s / 600 Mbit / s in a 4K video broadcast in a car connected at 30 km / h. did.
In this test conducted at the waterfront on November in the Tokyo front, we used the Int 5 Go 5G car terminal and the embedded antenna head for testing the connected car. Ericsson base station and cloud RAN technology NTT DoCoMo’s 5G test environment; Toyota alphard car.
Five companies formed a large data connection car consortium one year ago to connect to the cloud computing network and support services such as real-time mapping and driver assistance.
Ericsson launched the Connected Vehicles Market in February 2017, developed a software cloud platform for autonomous vehicles and test connected US 5 G vehicles with Verizon.
The Swedish network giant is increasingly relying on the 5G business which announced the financial performance in the first half of 2018 last month and announced the net sales of SEK 93.3 billion (SEK) (10.5 billion dollars). Before.
Research and development expenses increased from SEK 17.4 billion to SEK 18.9 billion in the six months, “primarily due to increased investment in 4G and 5G networks”.
“Customers are looking at new technologies to manage the growing demand for data without continuous quality and cost increases and the first business case of 5G is fixed radio access,” Börje Ekholm, CEO I said in July.
Ericsson raised $ 370 million in December to support 5 G’s R & D, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) activities. According to Ekholm, Ericsson believes that demand for 5 G is increasing in the fourth quarter.