CHINA Huawei starts selling smart cars in fresh push into booming NEV sector


Huawei starts selling smart cars in fresh push into booming NEV sector

By Global Times | Global Times

07:03, April 20, 2021

The SF5 that was jointly launched by Huawei and Chinese auto maker SERES. Photo: (Screenshot of Huawei's website)

Chinese telecom giant Huawei officially started selling smart electric cars on Monday, in another concrete step in the company's ambitious push into the burgeoning new-energy vehicle (NEV) sector, as it further seeks to shake off mounting pressure from US crackdowns on its business.

During the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai on Monday, Huawei and Chinese automaker SERES jointly launched the SF5 - an electric sport utility vehicle that applies Huawei's solutions for smart cars, including the HiCar and Drive One systems.

An employee with Huawei told the Global Times that Huawei's autonomous driving system can be adapted to all road conditions including turns and traffic lights, and has reached the level 4 - a level that Tesla has yet to reach.

Mass production will start this year, according to the employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. However, the employee did not reveal the production quantity.

Coming just one day after Huawei revealed a series of smart car components and solutions on Sunday, the launch of the SF5 underscored the company's ambitious foray into smart NEV sector, as it remains under huge pressure from the US' crackdowns on its smartphone business, including a chip ban.

The SF5 series will be sold under Huawei's Zhixuan brand, which has joined with more than 150 brands to launch over 450 smart products for homes, offices and other sectors.

Under the Zhixuan brand, Huawei selects products that are produced by partners, with Huawei's deep involvement in the software and hardware development process, based on the company's HiLink and HiCar technologies.

According to Huawei, the SF5 is the first auto product of the Zhixuan brand, and the launch of the car is a new upgrade of Huawei's smart travel strategy.

At a launch event for smart travel solutions on Sunday, Wang Jun, president of Huawei's Intelligent Automotive Solution Business Unit, said that the company will invest $1 billion in developing intelligent vehicle solutions in 2021.

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