Sports car manufacturer Porsche is now testing a 5G network in production at its Leipzig site.
This is said to be the first research network with the latest mobile communications standard in a Porsche production environment. It is designed to enable the secure transmission of signals in real time. For this purpose, the automaker entered into a cooperation with the Swedish network equipment provider Ericsson. The 5G network reportedly operates over a private frequency spectrum, but is based on the same technology as commercial networks.
5G is being used at the Leipzig site in the body construction of the Macan sports car - albeit in a test cell and not yet in series production. Specialists there are testing the wireless transmission of robot signals in production.
Porsche is already using 5G at its development center in Weissach near Stuttgart in order to be able to test modern technologies for series use in cars more extensively. This involves, for example, predictive warning and assistance systems or automated driving functions that are generally dependent on super-fast 5G internet.
The new 5G mobile technology is intended to ensure secure, faster and delay-free transmission of data between cars, people and machines - it is also a prerequisite for making progress in tests on autonomous driving. In addition to Porsche, many other car manufacturers are also working on the topic.