Huawei is aiming to develop driverless car technology by 2025.
As automakers prepare to embrace electrification, they could face stiff competition from giant tech companies making their first foray into the auto industry. We know that Apple is developing Project Titan, an electric car with advanced autonomous technology, and China's Xiaomi also wants to build an electric car.
But while Project Titan is still early in development and has faced setbacks after Apple failed to secure a manufacturing deal with Hyundai, the Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has already launched a production car called the SF5.
Co-developed with Cyrus, the SF5 is a hybrid crossover that will be sold under the company's Seres sub-brand. Looking ahead, Huawei has a bold ambition to beat Apple in the autonomous car race.
According to Reuters, Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications company, is planning to develop driverless car technology that will be available as early as 2025 as the technology giant, which is best known for its smartphones, laptops, and tablets, expands into other segments. "Our team's goal is to reach true driverless passenger cars in 2025," said Wang Jun, senior executive at Huawei's smart vehicle unit.
It's not clear if Huawei is planning to make its autonomous car technology available for other manufacturers, but the tech giant has previously expressed interest in building its own electric cars if it can find a manufacturer after the US imposed sanctions on its smartphone business.
Potentially, Huawei's first electric car could launch as early as this year and is expected to rival mass-market electric cars like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4, but it remains to be seen if it will be sold outside of China. If Huawei rolls out its driverless car technology by 2025 as planned, it will beat Apple by several years as Project Titan is reportedly still at least five years away.