Ford has reached an agreement with Vodafone to install a private 5G network at its electric vehicle battery site in Essex, becoming the first automotive centre in Britain to be upgraded to the next-generation technology.
The project at the US carmaker’s research and development facility in Dunton will replace older wi-fi networks and reduce delays and improve security and reliability. The venture is part of a £65 million investment in 5G backed by the government.
The new network is to be installed in the autumn and will use technology from Ericsson, the Swedish telecoms infrastructure company. It will link to a separate network at a site operated by TWI, a welding research company in Cambridge.
Ford will focus on the connectivity of the welding machines