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Audi has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese information and telecoms company Huawei for a strategic cooperation covering intelligent connected vehicles, the advancement of automated driving, and the digitalization of in-car services. It points to the intensive research and development needed to develop a high-quality, stable data connection, and says that the two companies will jointly create training programs for its technology experts.

Audi has already been working with Huawei and Chinese authorities on the deployment of the LTE-V mobile communication standard for connected cars. This project has involved the testing of real-time traffic information, provided to drivers via connections to traffic light systems and video monitoring at intersections, in the city of Wuxi, eastern China. It will enter its second phase in September 2018 with a broader range of applications. The two companies have also been involved in joint demos and trials of 5G mobile technology.

Saad Metx, executive VP, Audi China, said in a statement: “We are intensifying our joint research with Huawei in the area of intelligent connected vehicles. Our aim is to improve safety and optimize traffic flows in order to create intelligent cities. The concepts will initially be concentrated on the Chinese market.”

Veni Shone, president of LTE Solution, Huawei, added: “We are entering a new era of intelligent connected vehicles that will see the emergence of new technological synergies between information and communications technology and the automotive industries.”

Huawei recently launched its first C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) commercial product, a roadside unit supporting the Uu and PC5 interfaces for communication encryption as well as both GPS and China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS).

-Farah Alkhalisi