Huawei, the Chinese company at the centre of the US-China tech storm, is working with European, Japanese and Chinese car groups to launch self-driving vehicles as early as 2021 as it seeks to move beyond the telecoms equipment industry to embrace a broader range of artificial intelligence products.
Dang Wenshuan, Huawei』s chief strategy architect, told the Financial Times that Huawei was providing the AI backbone in several co-operative ventures including one with Audi, which is owned by Germany』s Volkswagen, and the Chinese manufacturers GAC Group, Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile.
華為首席戰略架構師黨文栓告訴英國《金融時報》，華為在多個合作項目中提供人工智慧主幹，合作夥伴包括德國大眾汽車(Volkswagen)旗下的奧迪(Audi)，以及中國汽車製造商廣汽集團(GAC Group)、北京新能源汽車(Beijing New Energy Automobile)和長安汽車(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. 「But not only in China . . . it will also be in Europe.」