BMW Brilliance uses 5G in Shenyang
BMW said on Monday that it is using 5G technology in its Shenyang factories to improve efficiency, quality and flexibility.
The carmaker has partnered with China Unicom and China Mobile to build infrastructure and connect three factories in Shenyang to the 5G network.
BMW completed a pilot project using 5G to transfer large quantities of data from test vehicles to the data center in real time in April. In this way, vehicle updates involving large volumes of data and real-time diagnostics could be conducted remotely in the future.
The company sees the potential of 5G in many areas, including cloud-based control of autonomous transport systems, human-machine interaction and robot-to-robot communication. The technology has the potential to transform automobile production.
Johann Wieland, president of the joint venture between the BMW Group and its partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd, said that 5G has "the potential to revolutionize industrial production. BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd is taking a leading role.”
The carmaker has 35 5G base stations and 21 mobile phone masts in three plants. The 5G data rate has increased from an initial 600 megabytes per second to one gigabit per second – enough to download an entire HD film in a few seconds.
BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd, the joint venture between the BMW Group and its partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd, was founded in 2003. In 2018, the company’s plants in Tiexi and Dadong produced over 490,000 vehicles for the Chinese market.