Why did Huawei, which “does not build cars”, build a “5G car circle of friends”?

Why did Huawei, which “does not build cars”, build a “5G car circle of friends”?

Today, openness and cooperation have become the consensus for the coordinated development of all walks of life.

Not long ago, foreign media revealed that while the United States will allow Huawei to participate in the formulation of 5G standards, 31 technology giants including Microsoft and Google announced the establishment of the “Open RAN Policy Alliance”, which aims to establish an “open and interoperable” 5G network. In short, it is the “anti-5G monopoly alliance”.

It is worth mentioning that the alliance includes 31 European and American technology monopoly giants such as Microsoft, Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Facebook, Samsung, South Korea’s Lotte, etc., but the three ICT manufacturers Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson are missing.

Why did Huawei, which “does not build cars”, build a “5G car circle of friends”?

On April 24, Huawei announced that it has joined forces with FAW Hongqi, FAW Bestune, FAW Jiefang, SAIC Motor, SAIC-GM-Wuling, GAC New Energy, BYD, Changan Automobile, Great Wall Motor, Dongfeng Xiaokang, Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle, and BAIC New Energy. , Jianghuai Automobile, Yutong Bus, Chery Holdings, Jincon Sailes, Nanjing Iveco, T3 Travel and other first batch of 18 car companies, officially established the “5G car ecosystem”.

On the one hand, technology giants formed an “anti-monopoly alliance” together, and on the other hand, Huawei and domestic car companies established a “5G car circle of friends”. It is clear who is embracing openness.

Cars are also embracing 5G

As a new generation of mobile communication technology, 5G has a wide range of application scenarios.

In addition to ultra-high-definition video, VR/AR, smart security, drones, smart factories, and telemedicine, autonomous driving is also an important application scenario for 5G.

With the rapid development of new concepts and technologies such as intelligent networked vehicles, smart cars, and Internet of Vehicles in China, autonomous driving and unmanned driving are no longer out of reach. Among them, intelligent networked vehicles fully explain the development direction of future automobiles, that is, the two major sectors of “intelligence” + “connection”.

Among them, “network connection”, together with sensors, cameras and other equipment, allows cars to “see six roads and listen to all directions” and coordinate with the road, that is, the Internet of Vehicles.

5G plays an important role in it. With its features such as high reliability and low latency communication, it helps cars to be connected all the time, ensuring that cars can obtain external road conditions, maps, vehicle conditions and pedestrian information in a timely manner to achieve the purpose of autonomous driving. .

Today, relying on 5G networks and solutions, cars will become mobile smart terminals like mobile phones and tablet computers, which will usher in a new era.

Huawei “does not build cars”, but has a “car dream”

All along, the Chinese people have a “car dream”.

In the initial stage of domestic vehicles, the localization of automobiles has become the goal of the entire industry. With the rise of domestic independent brands, how to overtake by corners to catch up with foreign brands has become a new goal of the industry.

After new energy vehicles, intelligent networked vehicles have become a new field for domestic auto brands. However, after all, there are “specialties in the art industry”, and automakers are good at building cars, but they are slightly insufficient in information technology, and it is difficult to “go to the sky in one step”.

Therefore, partnering with the Internet, tech giants, and autonomous driving startups, or even pocketing them, is the easiest way for global car brands to move closer to autonomous driving technology.

However, the ICV brings together technologies such as computer, modern sensing, information fusion, communication, artificial intelligence and automatic control, and is a typical high-tech complex. At present, technology enterprises are mainly concentrated in the fields of information technology such as computer and artificial intelligence. However, modern sensing, information fusion, communication and other related technologies are relatively less concerned, and the technical threshold is higher.

Why did Huawei, which “does not build cars”, build a “5G car circle of friends”?

Huawei started with ICT technology, and has accumulated many years of experience in the field of communications, especially in 5G technology, and has controlled a certain right to speak. For this reason, Huawei has already begun to expand into the automotive field, from intelligent network connection to intelligent interconnection, from intelligent driving to intelligent energy, and has carried out in-depth and detailed layout.

As Xu Zhijun said, “Huawei continues to focus on ICT technology based on its accumulation in the ICT field for more than 30 years, providing automotive companies with MDC (mobile data center)-based in-vehicle computing platforms and intelligent driving subsystem solutions. Cloud-based autonomous driving (training, simulation, testing) cloud service Octopus; 4G/5G in-vehicle mobile communication module and T-BOX and in-vehicle network; HUAWEI HiCar seamless interconnection solution for people-vehicle-home scenarios.”

Using technology to cut into application scenarios, Huawei’s “5G ambition”

According to reports from foreign institutions, as of January 1, 2020, there were 21,571 5G standard patent declarations in the world, of which Huawei ranked first with 3,147.

In 2019, Huawei’s research and development expenses reached 131.7 billion yuan (about 18.6 billion US dollars), accounting for 15.3% of the annual sales revenue, and it is expected to exceed 20 billion US dollars in 2020. At present, Huawei has 85,000 valid patents worldwide, of which 90% are invention patents, and the European Patent Office ranks first with 3,524 patent applications.

It can be said that Huawei has taken a leading position in the research and development of 5G technology.

As early as 2016, Huawei announced the establishment of the “5G Auto Alliance” together with Audi AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm.

From the HiCar full-scenario intelligent interconnection solution to the 5G in-vehicle module MH5000, to the 5G in-vehicle terminal T-Box platform, Huawei has been actively entering the field of intelligent connected vehicles with the help of “interconnection” capabilities. In April 2020, Huawei released the MH5000, a 5G in-vehicle module, and a new generation of HiCharge DC fast charging modules, which gradually penetrated into various parts of smart cars.

Why did Huawei, which “does not build cars”, build a “5G car circle of friends”?

In April last year, Huawei participated in the Shanghai Auto Show for the first time as a Tier 1 supplier and announced its digital solutions, including cloud services, intelligent driving (vehicle computing platform and intelligent driving subsystem solutions), and intelligent connectivity (4G/5G). Vehicle mobile communication module/T-Box, vehicle network), intelligent interconnection and intelligent energy modules.

Therefore, combining the two skills of “interconnection” and “intelligence”, Huawei is getting closer and closer to its goal of being a Tier 1 supplier of intelligent connected vehicles (Tier 1).

However, in order to “build a good car”, it is not enough to have technology alone, but also to go deep into application scenarios with practical operation. Therefore, Huawei’s establishment of the “5G automotive ecosystem” this time is to establish in-depth cooperation with OEMs, to implement its own products and solutions as soon as possible, and to test performance and continue to improve in the process of “on the road”.

For OEMs, car manufacturing is the main business, but in terms of “interconnection” and “intelligence”, it is not an expertise. Cooperating with Huawei can quickly fill the vacancy, why not do it?

Openness, cooperation and win-win

Behind the establishment of the ecology, openness and cooperation are inseparable, and the ultimate result is naturally a win-win situation. Foreign technology giants shouted: openness and cooperation, but they are keen to monopolize standards and establish technical barriers to control the absolute right to speak. Only a truly open ecosystem can truly achieve cooperation between players and ultimately achieve a win-win situation.

At present, there are multiple camps in the connected car industry, such as OEMs, Internet and technology giants, autonomous driving start-ups, and shared mobility manufacturers such as Didi. Landed and seized the initiative in this trillion-dollar new market.

Huawei, on the other hand, insists on “not building cars”, but with the original intention of helping car companies “build good cars”, and is willing to be the first-tier supplier behind car companies. This goal is also Huawei’s clear positioning for itself. Through the concept of openness, cooperation, and win-win, together with partners in the automotive industry, we will jointly promote the development and progress of intelligent networked vehicles.

In short, instead of “building a car behind closed doors”, it is better to build your own “circle of friends”.

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