Ford has reached an agreement with Vodafone Group to build a private 5 G network at the UK parts factory of the automaker in Dunton, near London. Ford said the network might speed up manufacturing of EV components.
“This could produce more than a half-million pieces of data every minute for a single EV product,” Ford said in a statement. The upgrade will offer faster and more accurate control and analysis of the manufacturing, the automaker said.
Ford says the update will concentrate on the functionality of its welding machines which are used in battery and electric motor manufacturing.
At the automaker’s Dunton site, the private 5 G network will replace older Wi-Fi networks.
The initiative is part of a 5 G investment of 65 million pounds ($81 million), funded by the British government, Ford said, which will be one of Britain’s first of its kind.
Toyota Production Engineering Corporation chose Finland’s Nokia Oyj earlier this week to install an industrial grade 5 G private wireless network at its Fukuoka, Japan, manufacturing design centre.