Huawei looking to join the self driving car market
While it wasn’t too long ago that the idea of a self driving car was a matter of fantasy and science fiction, the efforts of services like Waymo, formerly known as the Google self driving car project, and developer Tesla have gone a long way to prove people that not only this is a real project, but that it’s already working technology.
And of course success will lead to more interested parties joining along, in this case it’s none other than China’s very own multinational technology corporation Huawei, the company, first established in 1987, has had a long story with technology development and bringing new services and products to not only China, but also many other countries, having a particularly strong presence in emerging markets.
As such it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Huawei of all companies would get involved in the self driving car business, however it’s important to note the specifics of their decision, for the time being their interest lies in collaboration with other Chinese companies for the production of a self driving car, Huawei currently has no interest in developing a self driving car of their own without assistance, and are more focused on offering their knowledge and technology on mobile networks to help established car manufacturers in the integration of self driving technology.
Huawei was one of the first and foremost adopters of 5G technologies in their markets, this new generation of wireless technology is faster than it’s predecessors and in the case of a self driving car would provide more accurate and faster reaction and loading times, a push that would go a long way to make the self driving car services more reliable and viable on the long run.
Presently Huawei has partnered with China Mobile and SAIC Motor for the development of smart cars, with 5G capabilities that will allow them to perform calls, grant the user voice activated assistance and more importantly for the future of the self driving car business, it’ll include C-ITS assisted driving capabilities, the first step in their process to provide a truly self driving car to China.
While it’s decision has been clearly been inspired by Tesla, as they’ve admitted themselves in their report, that doesn’t mean one should underestimate their commitment and what it could mean for the self driving car world, Huawei’s push for a more 5G integrated world will help
support and establish the mainframe required to make self driving cars a common sight in the world, and if the project succeeds in China, home to some of the most productive factories in the world, then self driving cars will quickly become manufactured in larger numbers.
While self driving cars felt like fiction not too long ago, every new step just seems to cement how real and close a future with them lining every street is.