Huawei works with Audi and Toyota on self-driving vehicles25. July 2019
The telecommunications giant Huawei is working on self-driving vehicles in collaboration with several automobile manufacturers, including Audi, Toyota and Chinese companies, and expects to start series production of these vehicles in 2021. Dang Wenshuan, chairman of the corporate strategy department, said in an interview with the Financial Times Huawei developed the software and AI (artificial intelligence) together with Audi and Chinese manufacturers such as GAC, Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile. The first production-ready vehicle can be delivered to customers in China and worldwide, including Europe, between 2021 and 2022.
Huawei is under pressure to expand its product range after being blacklisted by the US for suspected safety risks due to its proximity to the Chinese government. Nevertheless, Dang is confident that China will be at the forefront of global driverless vehicle development and that one of Huawei’s Chinese partners will present the first roadworthy car. Numerous Chinese Internet companies such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are also developing autonomous vehicles with various partners. In July last year, Huawei and Audi signed a MOU for strategic cooperation in the area of connected vehicles.
The cooperation includes the ongoing development of assistance systems and digital services in the automotive sector. In order to use these services, the vehicles require a fast and stable Internet connection at all times. According to Huawei, intensive research and development is required to expand this network infrastructure. Alongside Huawei and the Chinese government, Audi is the first foreign automobile manufacturer to be allowed to participate in testing the LTE-V standard on the roads of the Chinese metropolis of Wuxi in 2017. The LTE-V standard is tailored to the communication of vehicles with the existing infrastructure. The driver is provided with real-time traffic information from sensors in traffic lights and video cameras at intersections, and autonomous driving is also made possible with this data. The technology for the infrastructure and the corresponding vehicles for autonomous driving will be a growing market in the coming years. Benefit from it and export your products to China. You will need the obligatory China Compulsory Certification (CCC), for which we will be happy to advise you.
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