Huawei’s foray into providing connected solutions in the autonomous vehicle industry received a major boost when German car manufacturer Audi, signed an MOU agreeing on a partnership to work on realising the initiative.
The MOU was signed after China and Germany looked at more ways to work together in expanding their already cordial relationship. The agreement forms part of a broad-based partnership between the companies in the two countries initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“We are entering a new era of intelligent vehicles that will see the emergence of new technological synergies between information and communications technology and the automotive industries,” said Veni Shone, President of LTE Solution, Huawei, adding: “With increased innovation in mobile connectivity, Huawei is committed to transforming the driving experience.”
The cooperation between Huawei and Audi is also intended to facilitate the ongoing advancement of intelligent driving and the digitalisation of services in the vehicle environment. Still at its nascent stage, areas of development is mostly on training program for technology experts, R&D in data exchange between car and surrounding involving stable high-quality data connection and safety.
Audi also became the first foreign automobile manufacturer to participate in the first-time deployment of “LTE-V” on public roads in the megacity of Wuxi in eastern China in 2017. “LTE-V” is a mobile communication standard, which is tailored for connected cars. Drivers were provided with real-time traffic information via connections to traffic light systems and video monitoring at intersections.