Huawei working with several carmakers on driverless cars
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei says it will launch self-driving cars as early as 2021 in partnership with several carmakers, including Audi, Toyota and Chinese firms.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Dang Wenshuan, the company's strategy chief, said that Huawei is developing self-driving AI software with Audi, GAC Toyota and Chinese manufacturers Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile.
«We are working together to have a car that will be shipped in the year 2021 or 2022» Dang said. He confirm the car would be available in China and elsewhere, including Europe. Dang told the FT that China will be at the forefront of the global autonomous vehicle industry when it gets under way in 2021.
Asked which of Huawei's partners would be first to market with a road-ready car, he said: «In terms of moving to a connected car, or an autonomous driving car, the Chinese car manufacturers are moving even faster».
In July last year, Huawei and Audi signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation to jointly develop intelligent connected vehicles.