Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment-maker and the second-biggest smartphone vendor, has jumped into artificial intelligence with an ambitious self-driving car project. The Chinese tech giant, which has recently found itself in the crosshairs of the US administration, is working with foreign auto makers to launch a self-driving car in the coming years. The embattled firm has given insight into the project to Financial Times reporters in its headquarters in Shenzhen. “From my understanding, we are working together to have a car that will be shipped in the year 2021 or 2022 using these [autonomous driving] components,” the company’s strategy chief, Dang Wenshuan, was quoted as saying. “This will be in China, but not only in China . . . it will also be in Europe.” Huawei is said to be developing self-driving AI software with Audi, Toyota Motor, and Chinese auto makers Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile. A video seen by FT appeared to show a self-driving vehicle navigating through the streets of Shanghai, recognising traffic lights and avoiding pedestrians without manual controls. Dang said that the bulk of the value of the upcoming AI-powered vehicle will account for ICT, which means that tech companies such as Huawei will have the… Read full this story
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