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5G technology developed to speed up production of electric vehicles

An independent vehicle battery firm in the UK is harnessing 5G technology in order to speed up the production of hybrid and electric vehicles in the UK.

Hyperbat, based in Coventry and partnered with BT, Ericsson and NVIDIA, is using the latest 5G VR ‘digital twin’ solution technology which allows different teams from all over the country to interact on a virtual 3D engineering model. 

The system allows different teams to collaborate and interact with a 3D model in real time through a single self-contained device.

Details of the technology were revealed by Hyperbat at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) where it outlined how it will reduce production times for the company’s design, engineering, and manufacturing teams based in Coventry and Oxfordshire.

Hosein Torabmostaedi, Unipart Manufacturing digital and innovation manager, said: ‘‘The solution is mainly targeted at collaborative mobile workforce with the use of 5G native headsets and seamless integration of design and manufacturing systems with the digital twin technologies.

“Hyperbat also hopes to extend the solution to the use of 5G connectivity for machines to enable configurable and flexible production lines. The solutions will be demonstrated and trialled at Hyperbat’s facility in Coventry.”

Jeremy Spencer, 5G innovation senior manager at BT’s Enterprise unit, added: “This world-first 5G digital twin solution is a powerful reminder that 5G connectivity and edge compute is very much here now, delivering real business benefits for our customers. 5G connectivity, when combined with the latest emerging tech, can produce incredible efficiency gains, which will be so important in boosting the UK manufacturing sector as it recovers from Covid.

“It will also bring a welcome boost to many other industries where collaboration is required. We are thrilled to be working with Hyperbat and such a strong network of partners to bring this innovation to life, made possible by combining our collective strengths across a range of technologies.”

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