22 August 2019
Google is one of the leaders in developing self-driving cars. Photo: Bloomberg
Google is one of the leaders in developing self-driving cars. Photo: Bloomberg

Huawei working to speed up internet link for self-driving cars

Huawei Technologies is designing systems to link self-driving cars to the high-speed internet.

It’s part of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker’s attempts to roll out technologies based on “fifth-generation” (5G) mobile networks that Huawei aims to have commercially viable by 2020, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

It is allotting US$600m in research and development spending for 5G networks.

Several technology firms, including Google, are working on self-driving cars, as well as carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz.

“We are in close partnerships with car manufacturers to find their requirements for 5G,” said Eric Xu, Huawei’s co-chief executive.

He said Huawei has no plans to manufacture cars but will design communications modules that will connect vehicles to networks and eventually enable them to be driven, at least partially, by remote control.

Shenzhen-based Huawei is by some measures the world’s leading manufacturer of the digital world’s architecture – mobile and fixed-line networks, the newspaper said.

Huawei had won 38 per cent of all contracts based on a 4G mobile technology known as Long Term Evolution by the end of June, figures from Ovum, a research firm, show.

Xu said one of the most important requirements for self-driving cars is low “latency” – the time it takes for data to travel to a third-party server and back.

Huawei’s 5G mobile technology could allow a jump in data download speeds to 10 gigabits per second from the 100 megabits per second available with 4G technology. 

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