Huawei works with Audi, Volkswagen on connected cars
Chinese hardware vendor jumps into smart-vehicle race
Chinese ICT behemoth Huawei has announced a tie-up with Audi and Volkswagen on smart-car research.
The partnerships are aimed at making progress on Internet-enabled features in consumer vehicles and "integrating smartphone functions with vehicle-mounted systems".
The Audi partnership was showcased at Consumer Electronics Show Asia (CES Asia) 2015, in Shanghai last month. Huawei's LTE modules, fitted to an Audi Q7 SUV, support 2G, 3G and 4G networks, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards.
"Enabling lightning-fast data transfers with download speeds of up to 100Mbps, the partnership provides users with Internet-enabled key features for an enhanced driving experience."
Huawei and Volkswagen also jointly demonstrated a series of apps covering in-vehicle, hands-free GPS navigation, music playback, messaging and voice calls. The apps support MirrorLink, an open technology standard designed for smartphone-vehicle interoperability.
Huawei believes cars are next on the list of emergent devices in the Internet of Things, following smartphones and wearables. The company cited figures claiming 90% of cars will have Internet connectivity by 2020.
"By partnering with industry-leading automobile companies, Huawei aims to bring the best interconnection services and solutions to the next generation of cars, while actively promoting interaction between cars, smartphones, wearables and people, creating a seamless communication experience and driving environment," said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.