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Huawei steps up ambitions in self-driving vehicles race

Chinese tech giant makes big push for future amid smartphone slowdown

A driverless car controlled by a Huawei phone in 2018. The Chinese company is aggressively chasing its autonomous vehicle ambitions.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies plans a big push into autonomous driving as the Chinese group ramps up competition with domestic and U.S. rivals in one of tech's next big battlegrounds.

Huawei has set an internal goal of becoming the leading Chinese platform provider for self-driving vehicles by 2025, sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Huawei's attitude toward autonomous driving has turned very aggressive. We have been asked by Huawei to prepare a lot of tests [this year] even if the industry is under coronavirus threats," one supplier to the company said.

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