China’s Huawei has launched what it says is 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 that the 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.
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It launched the module at the Shanghai Autoshow.
Huawei said it will aid plans to start commercialising 5G technology for the sector in the second half of this year.
Huawei has in recent years been testing technology for intelligent connected cars in Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuxi and has signed co-operation deals with a swathe of carmakers.
The world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker has come under increasing scrutiny from Washington which alleges that its equipment could be used for espionage. Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Despite the controversy, revenue at the company has jumped on shipments of phones, 5G equipment and other products.
First-quarter sales rose 39pc from a year earlier to 179.7 billion yuan (€23.9bn).
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