Thai telecoms operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) and Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies have teamed up with industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG) to develop autonomous vehicle systems for industrial zones powered by 5G, reports the Bangkok Post. The trio – also working with two Chinese partners, electric vehicle (EV) operator Yutong and industrial wireless vehicle systems developer Waytous – announced a project via which unmanned electric trucks can send and receive commands to and from their counterparts via AIS’ 5G private network using its smart autonomous vehicles solutions platform. The platform manages routing for the shipment of materials and equipment in industrial zones. The system, which will be deployed at SCG’s industrial sites, promotes productivity remotely and reduces personal risk, the three companies said in a statement. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, president of SCG, said the cooperation paves the way for a self-driving transport system that improves capabilities such as route planning for the transportation of raw materials between vehicles continuously, quickly and safely. The system supports environmentally friendly development by using precise travel planning technologies and EV trucks, thereby reducing the release of carbon dioxide by more than 35% annually.
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