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Huawei Says It’s Not Building an Apple Car Rival

Several tech companies have already confirmed their plans to step into the automotive industry, but so far, the most ambitious project appears to be the one belonging to Apple.
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The Cupertino-based iPhone maker is believed to be developing a self-driving EV that would position itself as a direct competitor to Tesla, with people familiar with the matter indicating the Apple Car could launch in 2024 or 2025 at the earliest.

Apple’s investments in an EV have obviously caught the attention of all its rivals in the tech sector, with several other large companies planning to follow in its footsteps and therefore eye an automotive expansion.

Huawei is one of the biggest names reportedly interested in launching its own car despite the company already providing the necessary software and services to power smart vehicles as part of partnerships with a series of traditional carmakers.

But according to Chi Linchun, the President of BU Marketing and Sales and Service Department of Huawei, the Chinese tech behemoth isn’t by any means interested in building a full car, as such a plan would make the company a direct competitor to traditional carmakers.

In other words, Huawei would become a rival to the partners currently using its software platform, and in the long term, that would make little sense for the company.

Speaking at the China Automotive Electronics Industry Development forum, the Huawei official explained his company doesn’t even have the necessary capability to build a car, and it’s not planning to take over or invest in a third party that could make this possible.

In the meantime, Xiaomi, Huawei’s local rival, has already confirmed a project to develop an electric vehicle, though, for the time being, it’s not known when the car is scheduled to launch. However, people familiar with the matter said Xiaomi wants to bring its EV to the market slightly ahead of Apple, so the launch could occur in the next two to three years.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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