BEIJING (Global Times / ANN): Huawei will launch a co-developed electric vehicle (EV) smart car next week, a move that analysts say could challenge Tesla and set the Chinese company on a new path to compete with Apple.
Huawei and Beijing-based electric vehicle maker BAIC Blue Valley will jointly launch a high-end electric smart car system called ARCFOX αS HBT, according to an official announcement from Huawei Intelligent Automotive Solutions on Wednesday (April 7).
The car will be equipped with 96-line Huawei Lidars, 6-millimeter wave radar, 12 cameras, 13 ultrasonic radars and a Huawei chip with a computing power of up to 352Tops (Tera Operations Per Second), forming an autonomous driving solution above. the L3 level, according to the press release.
Although the Chinese tech giant has previously said that it has no plans to manufacture automobiles, it aims to “help automakers build good cars” and positions it as a supplier of digital components for car manufacturers.
“Anything Tesla can do, we can do,” said Xu Zhijun, Huawei’s rotating chairman, in an interview in November 2020.
Huawei’s shift to research in automotive-related technologies dates back to 2013. It has established close cooperation with car manufacturers around the world, focusing on smart driving computer platforms, cockpit solutions smart, smart grids and cloud services.
Whether he can challenge Tesla in autonomous driving remains to be seen, but he is moving towards that position, along with other Chinese automakers, independent auto industry analyst Feng Shiming told the Global Times on Wednesday.
Where Huawei outperforms Tesla is in its ability to use smart grids and smart cockpit platforms, experts said.
The cooperation between Huawei and BAIC is not only at the level of autonomous driving, but it also involves the integration of smart cars with mobile phones, where Huawei has an advantage, said Xiang Ligang, chief information officer. Consumption Alliance, based in Beijing. Global Times Wednesday.
Last September, Huawei unveiled an improved version of its HarmonyOS, an alternative to Google’s Android operating system, allowing users to control most of their vehicles’ autonomous functions through their cell phones.
“It allows users to define the functions of their car according to their own habits and tastes, using their cell phones. In this aspect, it is a whole new ability that Tesla does not have,” Xiang said.
In a media interview on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that Apple may consider creating an autonomous driving technology platform used by automakers, putting the two cellphone makers on a new one. competing track in the automotive market. .
Huawei is believed to have a good chance of beating Apple in the auto market, given China’s consumer market and manufacturing capabilities, Xiang said.
“In terms of manufacturing smart cars, Huawei and Apple are on the same starting line. Huawei has even taken a small step forward with the announcement of this new product,” Xiang said.