Miners in Luanchuan District, Henan Province, China are using vehicles and machines with 5G technology to be able to do their work at home.
According to China Central Television CCTV, a company named China Molybdenum has started to apply 5G technology at the Sandaozhuang mine in central China from 2019.
The miner is remotely operating an excavator at the Sandaozhuang mine
The application of this technology allows Chinese workers to work remotely while maintaining social distance, in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic. According to CCTV, 5G technology is very important in controlling mining equipment, because they require very high precision, which is only available with the high speed and low latency connection that 5G brings.
A remote excavator is operating at the Sandaozhuang mine. In the distance, there are still workers playing the supervisory role.
Inside a remotely controlled truck at the mine.
These released images could be a demonstration of China’s level of technology, as well as a nod to Huawei, one of the companies behind 5G rollout in China. However, in the published images, the Chinese side has not mentioned certain limitations when deploying new technology.
Images from the mine will be transmitted from many angles to give the operator complete control of the vehicle.
Many such unmanned trucks can be easily seen at this mine site.
Anyway, the results were as real as images from the future world: a construction site full of unmanned machines and equipment.