Today Audi and Huawei announced their partnership to develop Self-driving car technology in China that will aim to focus on so-called Level 4 technology. The Society of Automotive Engineers describes the car which would drive itself from start to finish within a planned area.
On Thursday, EVP of Audi China R&D Saad Metz said at Huawei Connect 2018 in Shanghai said, “We evaluate a joint development of highly automated driving functions and future oriented vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Audi proved in many events over the world to be one of the technology leaders in the area of highly automated [driving]. We are looking forward to intensifying the partnership with Huawei in the future because we are convinced that a closer cooperation between our two companies will bring substantial benefits for both sides.”
Huawei showcased an Audi Q7 outfitted prototype based on Self-driving car technology this week at Connect 2018 conference. The company has an MDC (mobile data center) which consists of a number of AI chips, a central CPU, cameras, LIDAR, which sits on the roof of the car. Huawei also said that it will work with Audi vehicle-to-vehicle communications and connected car solutions.
For many years, China was forcing Automakers to partner with local joint ventures in order to manufacture cars in the country. But recently Chinese Government plans to ease those rules, in between Tesla announced to open a factory in Shanghai. BMW said they will increase its stake in Brilliance Auto Group who is the German automaker partner in China.
Since September both the companies reportedly have been testing with Huawei in China and plan to make an autonomous vehicle development center there. For that, the automaker developed their own Level 3 system called Traffic Jam Pilot which allows the drivers in Europe to get easy while driving and the car itself handles the most situations. Too, Audi’s parent company Volkswagen is working on Level 4 and 5 technology with Aurora, founded by former Google head of the Self-driving program.