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Foxconn EVs to take on Tesla with autonomous driving tech

Japan's Tier IV seeks new clients through iPhone assembler's vehicle project

Shinpei Kato, founder of Japanese autonomous driving startup Tier IV, is involved with Foxconn's MIH electric vehicle project. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- Foxconn's platform for electric vehicles will feature driver assistance technology similar to that used by Tesla and Nissan Motor when it is launched this year, with plans for a higher level of autonomous capability in 2022, a Japanese tech executive involved in the project has told Nikkei Asia.

The plans underline how Foxconn, best known as an assembler of consumer electronics, hopes to challenge established automakers with its MIH "EV open platform" project, which aims to produce a "kit," including software and hardware that can help new EV manufacturers scale up quickly.

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