Huawei Technologies yesterday launched what it said was the world’s first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving technology.
Huawei said in a statement that the so-called MH5000 module is based on the Balong 5000 5G chip which it launched in January. “Based on this chip, Huawei has developed the world’s first 5G car module with high speed and high quality,” it said.
It launched the module at the Shanghai auto show, China’s largest such event, which began last week and runs until Thursday.
“As an important communication product for future intelligent car transportation, this 5G car module will promote the automotive industry to move toward the 5G era,” Huawei said.
It said the module will aid its plans to start commercializing 5G network technology for the automotive sector in the second half of this year.
During the auto show, Huawei also signed agreements with China Mobile, automaker SAIC and “intelligent driving” company NavInfo on smart transportation and smart driving.
Huawei has in recent years been testing technology for intelligent connected cars in cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuxi and has signed cooperation deals with a swathe of carmakers including FAW, Dongfeng and Changan.