Huawei to develop radars for self-driving cars, top exec says

22 October 2019 - 16:22 By Reuters
Chinese multinational technology company Huawei logo seen in Shanghai.
Chinese multinational technology company Huawei logo seen in Shanghai.
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Huawei Technologies will utilise its 5G technologies to develop radars for self-driving cars, its deputy chair told a conference, as the Chinese manufacturer looks to play a bigger role in the car industry.

Huawei will build an "ecosystem" of car-equipped sensors, Xu Zhijun, current holder of the company's rotating chairmanship, told a Beijing conference on intelligent connected vehicles on Tuesday.

Huawei will utilise its 5G technologies to develop millimetre-wave radar and laser radar, Xu said, without providing a timeframe for development of the products.

Global carmakers and tech companies have spent billions of dollars on vehicles that can drive autonomously.

Industry insiders, however, note there it will take years before the industry achieves "level 4", or fully autonomous standards, in which such vehicles can handle all aspects of driving in most circumstances with no human intervention.

Millimetre-wave radar and laser radar sensors are used by self-driving vehicle manufacturers to collect information from a vehicle's surroundings.

Huawei's move comes as China makes a major push to keep pace with the US in a global race to develop self-driving vehicles.

In April, it launched 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry.


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