Hangzhou-based smart car startup Ecarx is beginning to benefit from its ties with Chinese automaker Geely, as tech firms increasingly pair up with traditional automakers to grab a slice of the lucrative “connected vehicle” market.
According to a joint statement released Tuesday, Geely’s new Xingyue L model will be the first to use a smart cockpit system that Ecarx has co-developed with Michigan-based car-part supplier Visteon and U.S. chipmaking giant Qualcomm. Ecarx counts Geely as a major strategic investor.
The system allows drivers to interact with a variety of in-car devices such as an AI-enabled voice assistance system and an “infotainment system,” according to the statement.
Ecarx also develops technologies related to chips, high-definition maps, intelligent driving, big data and the “internet of vehicles.”
Apart from its partnership with Ecarx, Geely has set up a smart electric car manufacturing joint venture with Baidu, to which the search engine giant will offer its self-driving car systems.
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