16 October 2018
Chinese telecom giant Huawei and Germany’s leading automobile manufacturer Audi have entered into a partnership to launch intelligent connected vehicles (ICV). The companies are working on state-of-the-art technology which is currently being used in the new Audi Q7 which aims to provide more secure and intelligent self-driving services.
Huawei’s Mobile Data Centre (MDC) is integrated into Audi Q7 and is suited for the urban automatic driving environment. The companies have showcased the prototype in front of the public during an event.
Earlier this year, Huawei and Audi signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation to develop intelligent connected vehicles. Bosch and Huawei have also announced a partnership to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in China.
Commenting on the German automobile manufacturer’s plans, Audi China R&D Executive Vice President Saad Metz said, “We evaluate joint development of highly automated driving functions and future-oriented vehicle-2-infrastructure communications.”
He added, “We are looking forward to intensifying the partnership with Huawei in future because we are convinced that closer cooperation between our companies will bring substantial benefits for both sides.”
Agreeing with this statement, Huawei Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer William Xu said, “As cars get smarter, we take advantage of our leading ICT technologies with Audi – one of the world’s most successful premium car brands – to lead automatic driving into the fast lane. Very soon, consumers will enjoy more secure, comfortable, convenient and intelligent self-driving services.”