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Huawei's smart car partnership model comes under scrutiny

Automakers wary of all-in-one technological solutions 'without a soul'

Although Huawei is an attractive partner, auto industry insiders wonder what will happen when automakers do not own the technology their cars depend on.   © Reuters

As Huawei Technologies gathers pace on its push into smart cars, industry insiders closely following the Chinese telecom giant's shift away from consumer electronics and into the competitive auto space have raised concerns over the company's partnership models with domestic carmakers.

Since pivoting into China's automotive industry following a series of Trump-era sanctions on the sale of chips and other technologies to the company, Huawei has announced smart electric vehicle tie-ups with Chongqing Sokon Industry Group, BAIC BluePark New Energy Technology, GAC Group and Chongqing Changan Automobile, stressing its role as a supplier of either intelligent driving solutions or hardware and software components.

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