New Delhi: General Motors (GM) announced that its all-electric vehicle assembly plant, Factory Zero has become the first automotive plant in the US to install dedicated 5G fixed-mobile network technology.
Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is now operating at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center as it prepares to begin producing EVs in 2021, the company said in a release.
The company said that Factory Zero is completely retooled with an investment of USD2.2 billion, the largest ever for a GM manufacturing facility. Once fully operational, the plant will create more than 2,200 US manufacturing jobs.
“Factory Zero will be GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future. Installing 5G is an essential step in the transformation of this plant, and signals how important advanced manufacturing is in the ongoing race to an EV future,” Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, said.
“Factory Zero’s new 5G connection will transmit critical application data securely and quickly for our manufacturing team,” Randy Mott, GM executive vice president and chief information officer, said.
Some of the key benefits of 5G in a manufacturing plant include reliability, speed and sheer scale. 5G’s massive bandwidth offers the possibility to manage thousands of devices across Factory Zero with ample capacity to support emerging technologies.
The indoor network will not only be used in the manufacturing equipment itself but will also be used to support the wider use of devices like the new iPhones 12, used to run apps supporting quality, safety and efficiency in the manufacturing environment.
“GM is among the first companies to harness the power of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband to provide unique connectivity to employees and support new research and applications that will transform their business and the automotive industry,” Sampath Sowmyanarayan, president of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business, said.
Both the upcoming GMC Hummer EV and the Cruise Origin will be built at Factory Zero on GM’s Ultium battery platform.