Huawei, Audi join hands for intelligent self-driving services

Will evaluate joint development of highly automated driving functions

Zafar Bhutta October 12, 2018
A Huawei shop is pictured in Singapore August 8, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI: Chinese telecom giant Huawei and Germany’s leading automobile manufacturer Audi shared their future plans of cooperation in the field of intelligent connected vehicles (ICV). This state-of-the-art technology is being used in  the new Audi Q7 to provide more secure and intelligent self-driving services.

They made the announcement at a gathering at Huawei Connect 2018 on Thursday.

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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.”

Huawei’s Mobile Data Centre (MDC) is integrated into Audi Q7 for the urban automatic driving environment. The prototype of which was showcased in front of the public during the event.

Earlier, on July 10, 2018, Huawei and Audi signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation in Berlin to jointly develop intelligent connected vehicles. This time, their collaboration is a further progress in the overall strategy between the two parties.

In another development, Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, and Huawei announced a partnership to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in China.

The collaborative agreement will help the two partners make Bosch’s IoT Suite software services available in China on Huawei Cloud.

“The demand for IoT solutions in China is rising. The partnership between Bosch and Huawei Cloud marks a decisive step for Bosch in one of the fastest growing IoT markets in Asia,” said Dr Stefan Ferber, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bosch.

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The company expects China’s market for IoT platforms to grow by close to 70% over the coming years.  The software platform of Bosch connects web-enabled objects to facilitate data sharing across a multitude of digital services and business models.

The first service made available to Chinese consumers via Huawei Cloud will be the Bosch IoT Remote Manager - a service for managing and controlling gateways, sensors and devices. Additional services of the Bosch IoT Suite will follow in 2019. 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2018.

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