Huawei has announced it will work with Volkswagen and Audi Group to develop the next generation of connected cars.
Huawei has stated it will ‘co-operate’ with Volkswagen to develop connectivity between smartphones and cars. The manufacturer will look to integrate the functions of a smartphone with vehicle-mounted systems. Drivers will be able to safely make calls, send messages, make payments and access GPS navigation through a number of apps that will maximise connectivity between smartphones and vehicles.
‘Our cooperation with Huawei will seamlessly blend the capabilities of users’ smartphones with the systems in their cars,’ said Sven Patuschka, executive VP for Research and Development of Volkswagen Group China. ‘All content on the phone will be shown in real time on the car’s infotainment touch screen. The result is smart and convenient interaction between phone and car.’
The collaboration demonstrates a further push for Huawei into car connectivity following a partnership with Audi earlier this week. Huawei stated that the Audi partnership will allow the two companies to ‘jointly explore the future of interconnected car technology’. Huawei claims that cars will become the next big devices after smartphones and wearables, with the joint venture set to enable new car models to support 2G, 3G and 4G networks. New Audi vehicles will also come equipped with internet-enabled key features, with download speeds of up to 100Mbps.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said: ‘By partnering with industry-leading automobile companies like Audi, 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.
‘We see the unlimited opportunities available in the interconnected car market and we are excited about our partnership with Audi Group.’
The announcement sees Huawei take another step into the Internet of Things (IoT) market following the launch of its IoT operating system last week.