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General Motors’ Factory ZERO, the company’s all-electric vehicle assembly plant, is the first automotive plant in the U.S. to install dedicated 5G fixed mobile network technology. GM says Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is operating now at the factory.

5G’s massive bandwidth offers the possibility to manage thousands of devices across Factory ZERO’s more than 4 million square feet of space, with ample capacity to support emerging technologies.

GM’s Information Technology team partnered with Verizon Business to take advantage of the benefits of 5G technology.

 Factory ZERO is preparing to begin producing EVs in 2021.

Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, says: “Factory ZERO will be GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future. Installing 5G at Factory ZERO is an essential step in the transformation of this plant, and signals how important advanced manufacturing is in the ongoing race to an EV future.”

GM’s Information Technology team partnered with Verizon Business to take advantage of the benefits of 5G technology.

Randy Mott, GM executive vice president and chief information officer, adds: “Factory ZERO’s new 5G connection will transmit critical application data securely and quickly for our manufacturing team. This is another example of cutting-edge use of technology improving quality and speed as GM accelerates its rollout of EVs.”

“We believe our customers need the right technological infrastructure to provide a genuinely differentiated and superior service to set the stage for groundbreaking innovations,” states Sampath Sowmyanarayan, president of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business. “GM is among the first companies to harness the power of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband to provide unique connectivity to employees and support new research and applications that will transform their business and the automotive industry.”

Both the upcoming GMC HUMMER EV and the Cruise Origin will be built at Factory ZERO on GM’s Ultium battery platform. 

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