In April, China’s Huawei Technologies launched what it says is the world’s first 5G communications software for the automotive industry. Yet another hint at the company’s growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving technology.

In a statement, Huawei said that the so-called MH5000 module is based on the Balong 5000 5G chip which it launched back in January. “Based on this chip, Huawei has developed the world’s first 5G car module with high speed and high quality,” the statement read.

The statement went on to say that the module will aid in the company’s plans to start commercializing 5G network technology for the automotive sector later this year. This is just another step of many over the past few years. Huawei has been working hard for the past several years, testing technology for intelligent connected cars in major Chinese cities like Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuxi. It has also signed cooperation deals with car makers like FAW, Changan and Dongfeng.

“As an important communication product for future intelligent car transportation, this 5G car module will promote the automotive industry to move towards the 5G era,” Huawei said.

Huawei is also the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker. The company is pushing hard to try get in front of the global race for next-generation 5G networks. However, its drive to be on top has placed it under increasing scrutiny from Washington, which strongly alleges that its equipment could be used for espionage. Huawei has repeatedly denied these allegation.

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