The cost of developing 5G systems and beyond requires massive government support. Photo: iStock

China’s first 5G smart highway project has landed in Hubei province, The Paper reported.

At present, it is planning to select the location of the 5G base station and simultaneously carry out intelligent charging tests. Meanwhile, it is also planning to test unmanned self-driving.

The 5G smart highway is the integration of next-generation Internet technology, such as cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. It aims to achieve a thorough, real-time and accurate perception of what’s happening on the highway, monitoring every road and every vehicle and predicting how objects will move on the road.

The project is led by the Hubei 5G Smart Transportation Joint Innovation Lab co-founded by China Mobile Hubei and two tech companies. By the end of 2018, China Mobile Hubei had built 31 5G base stations in the capital city of Wuhan in Hubei province.

The company will invest one billion yuan in the province to build 2,000 5G base stations this year.

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