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Huawei to Develop Radar for Self-Driving Cars in Push into Auto Industry, Execs Say

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【Summary】Blacklisted Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is looking to expand its presence in the auto industry. The company plans to utilize its expertise in 5G technologies to develop radar for self-driving cars.

Eric Walz    Oct 22, 2019 9:00 AM PT
Huawei to Develop Radar for Self-Driving Cars in Push into Auto Industry, Execs Say

Blacklisted Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is looking to expand its presence in the auto industry, Reuters has reported. The company plans to utilize its 5G technologies to develop radar for self-driving cars, its deputy chairman said at the company's 10th annual Mobile Broadband Forum in Zurich, Switzerland.

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 is the world's biggest telecoms equipment maker and the company is aiming to lead the global race for the next-generation of 5G networks. The 5G technology can be used to connect vehicles to infrastructure and to each other, known in the industry as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.

The announcement comes as global automakers are investing billions to develop self-driving cars. Huawei's move comes as China pushes to keep pace with the United States in a global race to develop self-driving cars. China is already the world's biggest market for electric vehicles.

Huawei will utilize its expertise in 5G technologies to develop millimeter-wave radar and laser radar (lidar), Xu said, without providing a timeframe for development of the products. The radar and lidar technology is used by automakers in advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and in self-driving cars for object detection and navigation.

In April at the Shanghai Auto Show, Huawei said it launched the world's first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry. Huawei said its MH5000 module is based on its Balong 5000 5G chip which it launched earlier this year. The module will support plans to start commercializing 5G network technology for the automotive sector in the second half of this year.

"As an important communication product for future intelligent car transportation, this 5G car module will promote the automotive industry to move towards the 5G era," Huawei said at the launch.

Huawei is currently in talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them, a company executive told Reuters on Friday.

However, amid ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China, The U.S. government has argued that Huawei poses a national security threat, claiming that Beijing can use the company's products to spy on other nations. 

The claim prompted the U.S. government to urge its allies to limit or ban the use of Huawei's equipment in their 5G networks. However, Huawei denies that any of its products pose a national security risk.

President Trump issued an executive order on May 15 barring U.S. companies from using information and communications technology from anyone considered a national security threat and declared a national emergency on the matter. Many believe that the move was targeted at Huawei.

The same day, the U.S. Commerce Department placed Huawei, along with 70 of its affiliates, on its "Entity List," which bars anyone on it from buying components from U.S. companies without government approval. That list has since grown to include 118 affiliates. 

As a result, a number of U.S. firms began to back away from their business dealings with Huawei.


resource from: Reuters

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