VW reportedly in talks to snap up Huawei’s autonomous vehicle unit

Huawei to follow Uber and Lyft’s lead?

Ben Wodecki, Jr. Editor

February 18, 2022

2 Min Read

Huawei to follow Uber and Lyft’s lead?

German automaker Volkswagen is in talks to purchase Huawei’s autonomous driving unit for billions of euros, according to Reuters, citing German news outlet Manager Magazin.

Discussions over the deal have been going on for several months, with VW to gain systems in which it is not yet proficient, according to those close to the deal.

VW gears up as Huawei exits

If the deal goes through, VW would be the latest big-name AV developer to set up shop.

Toyota snapped up Lyft’s self-driving unit last April for $550 million while rival Uber sold its driverless car subsidiary to Amazon-backed startup Aurora for around $4 billion at the end of 2020.

Huawei, whose AV arm employs around 2,000, last year showed off automated driving solutions that would be featured in vehicles from Arcfox, the electric car brand from Chinese automaker BAIC.

VW's AV journey

For VW, the deal represents another chance to expand its share of the AV market. The German company had promised Level 4 vehicles would be commercially available by 2025.

It is working with Bosch to develop automated driving features and use Microsoft’s Azure cloud services to develop an automated driving platform. VW also is backing several AV startups, including Argo AI and Mobileye.

Last September, Argo AI unveiled commercial, electric vans designed for deployment as robo-taxis, with VW subsidiary MOIA to run autonomous ride-hailing and ride-sharing services using Argo’s ID BUZZ vehicles in 2025. VW invested $2.6 billion into the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based startup and even transferred Audi’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving Division to Argo.

Following this year’s CES, Intel’s Mobileye announced expanded work with VW, with the former to use its EM tech as part of its ADAS systems. The tech will also be integrated into its subsidiary brand vehicles, including Seat and Skoda.

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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