Audi gets mobile with Huawei partnership


Chinese manufacturer teams up with German car-maker in connected car drive

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has struck a partnership with Audi that will see it equip the German car manufacturer’s newest vehicles with the latest connectivity technology.

The partnership will see the two companies “jointly explore the future of interconnected car technology”, according to Huawei, who will provide LTE models for Audi’s Q7 SUV range of vehicles.

Last month at Huawei Network Congress, Huawei launched its new Internet of Things operating system as part of a push into the growing IoT market. According to figures from Gartner, there will be over 250 million connected vehicles by 2020, and 25 billion connected devices altogether.

The venture with Audi will enable its vehicles to reach download speeds of up to 100Mbps and its LTE modules provide the new Q7 SUV with the ability to support 2G, 3G and 4G networks, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards.

Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu said: ‘By partnering with industry-leading automobile companies like Audi, Huawei aims to bring the best interconnection services and solutions to the next generation of cars, while actively promoting interaction between cars, smartphones, wearables and people, creating a seamless communication experience and driving environment.

‘We see the unlimited opportunities available in the interconnected car market and we are excited about our partnership with Audi Group.”

Huawei’s connectivity has also been included on Audi’s range of driverless electric vehicles, the e-tron range, including the new R8 e-tron which was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (Asia) in Shanghai last week.