China’s Huawei aims to reach driverless car technology in 2025

A look shows a Huawei logo at the headquarters of Huawei Technologies France in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, February 17, 2021. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / File Photo

China’s Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) plans to develop driverless car technology by 2025, a manager said Thursday as the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker diversifies its business amid US sanctions.

“Our team’s goal is to develop true driverless cars in 2025,” said Wang Jun, senior executive at Huawei’s Smart Vehicle Unit, at an industry conference.

Dozens of startups, automakers and big tech companies like leading internet search service Baidu Inc (9888.HK) accelerate work on self-driving vehicle systems that are expected to fundamentally change the transportation industry.

Huawei switched to smart electric vehicles after US sanctions hit its global smartphone business. The previous Trump administration called the company a threat to US national security – an indictment it denies.

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