(Yicai Global) June 6 -- Huawei Technologies, the world’s biggest network equipment maker, plans to add 100,000 Audis to the Internet of Vehicles this year.
The pair are exploring car modules and their applications, National Business Daily reported, citing Xiong Wei, president of LTE Solutions at the firm. But Huawei has no plans to manufacture vehicles, he added, quashing recent speculation that the company, best known as China’s biggest smartphone maker, plans to try its hand at making cars.
Huawei began scouting the Internet of Vehicles as early as 2013, when it released a vehicle-mounted module, the ME909T, and pledged to earmark CNY100 million (USD16 million) a year to research and development connected cars. It has since build chips for Mercedes Benz and Audi cars and teamed up with Toyota to deploy on-board WiFi hotspots. It also has domestic tie-ups with state-owned carmakers Dongfeng Automobile and Changan Automobile.
The latest push comes as smart vehicles and assisted driving are quickly taking shape and gaining acceptance in the world’s largest auto market. Several Chinese cities have granted test plates for self-driving vehicles this year, and earlier this week, Shanghai unveiled plans to have autonomous trucks and sanitation vehicles in operation by the end of this year.