A couple of months ago, there were reports that Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, will enter the automotive industry. Some people think that Huawei will build cars. However, the truth is that Huawei will not build cars. Nevertheless, the company will focus on ICT technology to help auto companies build good cars. Xu Zhijun, Huawei’s rotating chairman, has since confirmed that Huawei will not build cars but will enable “good” cars. Now, we have the first exposure of a car with Huawei HongMeng system.
Recently, Chery New Energy Automobiles promoted the Chery New Energy S61 on Weibo. According to the company, the Chery New Energy S61 comes with the “world’s leading HongMeng vehicle engine system and L2.99 level automatic driving assistance system, as well as face recognition + fatigue driving monitoring, etc. to escort the driver”. Chery’s specific reference to HongMeng vehicle system is of major interest here. However, the company has since deleted the post and we are left with screenshots.
HongMeng system is also known as HarmonyOS
The HongMeng operating system is a new operating system from Huawei which is designed for the 5G IoT era. This is a micro-kernel-based full-scenario Operating System. According to Huawei’s official plan, we will see the HongMeng system in smart wearable devices, Chinese PCs, car applications, etc. Although, there are indications that it will use it in smartphones but there is no official confirmation.
The program framework of the HongMeng system is a multi-user program framework. The basic services include multi-RunTime, general system services, IoT device-specific services, distributed data management, virtual peripherals, UI & graphics and distributed soft buses. The kernel is Linux.
In addition, Huawei also established a smart car solution BU on May 29 last year to implement its strategy for smart connected cars. Huawei is committed to building an MDC intelligent driving platform, an intelligent cockpit platform, and an intelligent electric platform.