Chinese tech giant Huawei has established an alliance with a handful of automakers and ride-hailing service providers to build a 5G-enabled automobile ecosystem in a move to accelerate the uptake of 5G technology in smart cars, according to a company statement.
The move is yet another sign of Huawei’s determination to get into the self-driving car business at the same time as Washington has tried to isolate the company by limiting the use of its equipment in 5G networks due to security concerns and encouraging other countries to follow suit.
As part of the 5G-enabled automobile ecosystem, Huawei will provide members, including FAW Group, BYD, T3 Mobility and other carmakers, with “technologies which they can use to test their 5G-enabled vehicles,” the statement said.
With advantages in transmission speed, reliability and latency, 5G technology is considered essential for enhancing connected vehicles’ self-driving and entertainment capabilities.
In 2019, Huawei launched its first 5G communications hardware, named the MH5000 module, which the company claimed would make intelligent car transportation a reality and aid its plans to commercialize 5G network technology for the automotive sector.
Huawei is also building an open intelligent-driving platform to study app interface, car controlling systems, smart cockpits and the internet of vehicles.
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