Huawei in talks with automakers to work on its idea of transport

Huawei in talks with automakers to work on its idea of transport

Chinese technology giant, Huawei, is reportedly working on its idea of transport and is presently in talks with at least two Chinese automakers for develop its own electric vehicles. One of those automakers, Changan Automobile, a state-owned enterprise, is already working with Ford for the development of a local make of the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV.

As per sources, it is likely that the venture could be the outcome of an earlier reported effort to launch cars in collaboration with Toyota, Audi, and Chinese manufacturers, comprising Changan Automobile and Beijing New Energy Automobile.

A Huawei spokesperson stated that the company is not a car manufacturer, but with the help of ICT, it intends to become a digital car-oriented and new-added components provider, allowing OEMs to develop better vehicles.

Back in 2018, Audi had inked a MoU with Huawei for the development of smart car technology by utilizing new wireless connection standards, which the organizations stated would look at digitalization of services and intelligent driving in the vehicle environment.

Huawei has also collaborated with Vodafone and Jaguar Land Rover for the development of a vehicle communication system for road safety alerts, comprising speed limit alterations or lane changing.

The project will be rolled out prior to the end of 2021 with Huawei’s own electric vehicles. While there was no specific mention about the same, sources cite that the EVs will be targeting a mass-market segment, which is speculated to be an SUV of some sort.

It is certain that the project will feature few 5G-enabled features including more connectivity than earlier and higher levels of autonomy, given the access of Huawei to appropriate hardware and 5G networks.

While it does make sense for technology companies to expand operations into transport given the increasing relevance of electric vehicles, sources cite that it will be interesting to witness how Huawei can persuade the public that its highly connected vehicle is trustworthy.

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