e.GO Launches 5G Auto Manufacturing in Germany
AACHEN, Germany—Automotive 5G manufacturing production has begun here by GO Mobile AG, enabled by 5G connectivity from Ericsson and Vodafone Germany. The technologies deliver secure and almost real-time data networking across the full production chain of the e.GO Life automobile.
Incorporating network slicing and mobile edge computing technologies, the plant's optimized on-site network spans 36 antennas in the 91,493-square-foot facility, delivering gigabit bandwidth and latency of just a few milliseconds. Ericsson 5G Radio Dots will be installed in the factory by the end of August.
The automaker says secure automatic identification and delivery of production materials to each specific vehicle as it goes through the assembly process increases operational speed and efficiency across the chain. In the future, autonomous forklift trucks and small trains will also be used to transport material between warehouses and the production hall.
According to Arun Bansal, president and head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, says: "5G is the key to opening the door to a new era in manufacturing productivity, speed, security and efficiency, and the automotive industry is a prime example of the beneficiaries."