ZTE trials 5G autonomous trucks at Chinese mine

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE is collaborating with a state-owned iron and steel enterprise on an 5G-enabled autonomous mining truck project in East China’s Anhui province.
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The project uses 5G low-latency technology in an automated dispatch system

ZTE and China Baowu Masteel have deployed two autonomous open-pit mining trucks connected to Multi-access edge computing (MEC) servers - decentralised network computing technology - at Baowu subsidiary Baosteel's Nanshan openpit iron ore mine.

The autonomous project uses 5G low-latency technology in an automated dispatch system, in a coordinated loading and unloading system, and an emergency takeover system.

It has also involves trials of integrated drone inspections, virtual reality surveys, and high-definition wireless video surveillance, reported local media Anhui Daily.

In 2019, ZTE rival Huawei trialled the use of a 5G enabled remote-controlled excavator at a molybdenum mine in Henan province.