Audi, the German automobile
manufacturer and Huawei, a leading information and communications technology
company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation.
The agreement forms part of a broad-based partnership between the companies in
the two countries initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor
“We are entering a new era of intelligent
vehicles that will see the emergence of new technological synergies between
information and communications technology and the automotive industries,” said
Veni Shone, President of LTE Solution, Huawei, adding: “With increased
innovation in mobile connectivity, Huawei is committed to transforming the
The cooperation between Huawei
and Audi is also intended to facilitate the ongoing advancement of intelligent
driving and the digitalisation of services in the vehicle environment. To this
end, the parties have additionally agreed to jointly develop training programmes
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.
“We are intensifying our joint
research with Huawei in the area of intelligent connected vehicles,” explained
Saad Metz, Executive Vice President of Audi China, adding: “Our aim is to
improve safety and optimize traffic flows in order to create intelligent
cities. The concepts will be concentrated initially on the Chinese market.”
Working in cooperation with Huawei and the
Chinese authorities, Audi became the first foreign automobile manufacturer to
participate in the first-time deployment of “LTE-V” on public roads in the
megacity of Wuxi in eastern China in 2017. “LTE-V” is a mobile communication
standard, which is specially tailored for connected cars. Drivers were provided
with real-time traffic information via connections to traffic light systems and
video monitoring at intersections.
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.
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