Huawei signs MoU with Audi to develop smart connected cars

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From left: Veni Shone, president of LTE Solution at Huawei, and Saad Metz, executive vice president of Audi China. Image credit: Huawei

Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Audi for strategic cooperation in the development of intelligent connected vehicles.

The cooperation between Huawei and Audi is also intended to facilitate the ongoing advancement of intelligent driving and the digitalization of services in the vehicle environment. To this end, the parties have additionally agreed to jointly develop training programs in order to strengthen the skills of technology experts in both of these areas.

Intelligent connected vehicles allow relevant information to be exchanged between the vehicle and the surrounding environment. To achieve this, cars need a high-quality, stable data connection. The expansion of this communication requires intensive research and development.

“Our aim is to improve safety and optimize traffic flows in order to create intelligent cities,” said Saad Metz, executive vice president of Audi China. “The concepts will be concentrated initially on the Chinese market.”

Working in cooperation with Huawei and the Chinese government, Audi became the first foreign automobile manufacturer to participate in the deployment of “LTE-V” on public roads in Wuxi in eastern China in 2017. Drivers were provided with real-time traffic information via connections to traffic light systems and video monitoring at intersections.

“LTE-V” is a mobile standard specially tailored to enable connected cars using existing LTE networks.

In September 2018, the project will enter its next phase at the “World Internet of Things Exposition” in Wuxi with an even broader range of applications.

Huawei and Audi have cooperated in several areas in the past related to intelligent connected vehicles in recent years. The two companies initiated the telecom-vehicle cross industry organization 5GAA and have held several joint demos/trials in various countries including Germany, Spain and China.

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