Huawei working with European carmakers to launch self-driving technology in two years

Telegraph 12 Jun 2019 01:18

Chinese telecoms firms Huawei says it will launch self-driving cars as early as 2021 in partnership with several European, Japanese and Chinese car manufacturers. 

Dang Wenshuan, the company's strategy chief, told the Financial Times that Huawei is developing self-driving AI software with Audi, GAC Group, and Chinese manufacturers Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile.

“From my understanding, we are working together to have a car that will be shipped in the year 2021 or 2022 using these [autonomous driving] components,” Mr Dang said. “This will be in China, but not only in China . . . it will also be in Europe.”

Huawei, which has been subject to blacklisting from Washington since May barring US companies from selling it components, is hoping to diversify its AI products as pressure on its telecoms operations grows.

The US is continuing to press governments across the world to drop Huawei from 5G network development plans, saying the company could be used by Beijing for espionage. Huawei denies the charge.

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