Chinese Premier; Li Keqiang and German Chancellor; Angela Merkel shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of intelligent connected vehicles.
Chinese Premier; Li Keqiang and German Chancellor; Angela Merkel shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of intelligent connected vehicles.

Shenzhen-based tech firm, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, has on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German automobile manufacturer; Audi AG for the development of intelligent connected vehicles. The agreement forms part of a broad-based partnership between the companies in the two countries initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We are entering a new era of intelligent vehicles that will see the emergence of new technological synergies between information and communications technology and the automotive industries,” Veni Shone, President of LTE Solution at Huawei said in a press statement.

Veni emphasized that the company is committed to transforming the driving experience – due to the increased innovation in mobile connectivity.

The cooperation between Huawei and Audi is also intended to facilitate the ongoing advancement of intelligent driving and the digitization of services in the vehicle environment.

“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,” Saad Metz, Executive Vice President of Audi China, explains.

Working in cooperation with Huawei and the Chinese authorities, Audi became the first foreign automobile manufacturer to participate in the first-time deployment of LTE-V – a mobile communication standard, which is specially tailored for connected cars.

In September 2018, the project will enter its next phase at the “World Internet of Things Exposition” in Wuxi with an even broader range of applications.

Before the signing of this MoU, Huawei and Audi have cooperated in many areas related to intelligent connected vehicles in recent years. The two companies initiated the telecom-vehicle cross industry organization 5GAA and have held several joint demos/trials in various countries including Germany, Spain and China, ensuring the vibrant growth of the intelligent connected vehicles industry.