Huawei enters the autonomous driving with HarmonyOS powered Arcfox Alpha S electric car. Electric vehicles are Huawei’s next big step. The Chinese company presented this weekend in collaboration with the car company BAIC Group its first electric car, the Arcfox Alpha S. An electric vehicle that is based on the HarmonyOS autonomous driving platform and integrates different components created by Huawei.
Arcfox Alpha S electric car comes with autonomous driving from HarmonyOS
Huawei presented a total of five solutions for autonomous driving. Among these solutions is an autonomous driving system based on HarmonyOS, its all-device operating system.
The Arcfox Alpha S is a premium vehicle that has been jointly developed by Arcfox (a subsidiary of BAIC Group) and Huawei. The vehicle features LiDAR and according to Huawei can achieve Level 3 autonomy. There is even a video circulating on the internet where this is tested in a city.
The vehicle’s features are not fully known yet. What we know is its autonomous driving system is composed of 12 cameras, 13 ultrasonic radars, or a Huawei chip with a power of up to 352 Tops. The vehicle also has 5G connectivity and an mobility of up to 700 kilometers. Its price does not fall short, it starts at 388,900 yuan (around $60,000) for the most basic version and its starting price.
Collaboration with automakers rather than own vehicles
This collaboration is part of a larger plan by Huawei in which they have decided to invest about a billion dollars in the automotive industry. Unlike others like Xiaomi, they do not plan to build cars of their own but rather components and services for other manufacturers’ cars.
Wang Jun, president of Huawei’s intelligent automotive solutions unit, said they have cooperation agreements with about 200 automakers. Ben a profitable business here, in fact, they believe that even if they cannot expand their business internationally (because of trade blockades) they would still be profitable just with the demand that is in China.