German carmakers like BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have exhibited interest in deploying 5G network of their own. This would mean that the companies could start manufacturing autonomous vehicles, for which high speed data transfer is a must.
Carmakers believe that having their own homegrown 5G network could have a lot of benefits. This would mean that these carmakers would not have to rely on the infrastructure of external network providers.
Taking such a step would also help these companies cut cost and ultimately benefit the end customer. Carmakers are reluctant to entrust their digital operations in external hands of network providers. They wish to have more control over their vehicle data, so that they can enhance the security of the connected autonomous vehicle. Having control over their own 5G connectivity would help the companies to ensure that they are safeguarded against threats like corporate espionage, hacker attacks and so on.
BMW has already informed the German Federal Regulator of its intention of operating localised private 5G network. It is believed that Daimler and Volkswagen may soon follow suit.
Earlier this year, Audi had formed a joint venture with Ericsson to set up a 5G test laboratory at its facility in Ingolstadt, Germany.
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