MINSK - Belarus Cloud Technologies JV (beCloud, infrastructural operator) and Belarus’ quarry truck producer BelAZ (Belarusian Automobile Plant, Zhodino, Minsk Oblast) have deployed a testing area to try out driverless vehicles controlled via the 5G technology.
The 5G testing area, which operates jointly with the LTE-Advanced Pro network, has been deployed on BelAZ premises, to analyze the potential of the 5G technology for operating driverless vehicles.
Following the tests, they plan to develop a 5G solution for large-scale industrial projects.
Sets of 5G equipments have been installed on two heavy-duty vehicles (a quarry truck and a loader), so that specialists could test driverless operation of trucks by means of New Radio and LTE-Advanced Pro technologies.
A high signal rate with a low lag is essential for operating driverless vehicles. So far beCould specialists have managed to reduce the lag time to 10-11 milliseconds, which is shorter than the lag time with 4G networks, but longer than 5G networks of the future will potentially yield.
During the next stage they will build a 5G network in a real pit to see how driverless BelAZ trucks can operate in real-life conditions.
BelAZ trucks are fitted with hundreds of sensors yielding terabytes of data so that a remote operator could monitor the quality of a quarry truck’s operation in any place on the globe, which will be impossible in the future without 5G solutions.
Belarus Cloud Technologies JV (beCloud) was established in 2012, with a 51% held by the National Traffic Exchange Centre. In December 2015 beCloud launched its LTE Advanced network (4G) in Minsk. beCloud stands behind 4 infrastructural projects in Belarus: the national datacom network, the national data processing centre, the cloud platform, the LTE network.
The Belarusian Automobile Plant (BelAZ) was set up in 1958. It is one of the world’s largest producers of automobiles for open cast mines and building significant hydroengineering objects.
The company assembles over 200 models of mine trucks with the carrying capacity ranging from 30 to 450 tonnes, special machines (front loaders, wheel bulldozers, wheel vehicles for metallurgic companies, aircraft haulers, irrigative machinery, automobile dump semitrailers, and consumer goods).
Engines for rock handlers are supplied by foreign companies such as Cummins (USA) and Deutz (Germany), less powerful ones are bought from Yaroslavl Automobile Plant and Ural Motor Plant (Russia).
The annual output equals 800-900 items. BelAZ produces heavy-duty trucks for open-cast mining in South-East Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.