In a few weeks, Huawei will release a car but it’s not what you think. This car will not be a Huawei-branded car. Huawei has repeatedly stated that it “does not build cars” but aims to “help car companies build good cars”. BAIC Blue Valley and Huawei will jointly launch the ARCFOX HBT, the first model ARCFOX αS HBT. According to the official release of BAIC Blue Valley, this product will arrive at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2021. “HBT” means HUAWEI BLUEPARK TOGETHER.
In September 2017, BAIC Group and Huawei announced their deepening cooperation. BAIC New Energy and Huawei inaugurated the “1873 Davidson Innovation Laboratory” to jointly develop core technologies and build high-end smart electric vehicles. On the eve of the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2019, Huawei’s rotating chairman, Xu Zhijun, announced that two partners, Huawei and BAIC, would build a world-class car.
In October 2020, ARCFOX αT, with Huawei’s intelligent network connection and intelligent electric solutions, hit the public. The ARCFOX HBT equipped with the new Huawei smart car solution is the result of the further deepening of cooperation between the two parties.
BAIC Blue Valley stated that in December 2020, Huawei officially released its 96-line medium and long-range lidar products. Huawei’s lidar is rich in application scenarios, such as small/long-distance obstacles, short-distance stoppages, near-end protrusions, tunnels, crossroads, basements, etc. This solution from Huawei also efficiently detects high-speed vehicles from a distance away. Furthermore, Huawei plans to reduce the price of its Lidar solution. It hopes to drive the price down to $200 or even $1oo. This information is coming from Wang Jun, president of Huawei’s smart car solutions BU.
ARCFOX Polar Fox αS HBT version to arrive soon
The BAIC Blue Valley ARCFOX Polar Fox αS HBT version, which will be unveiled in April this year, will be equipped with Huawei Lidar. As of now, Huawei currently has three LiDAR configuration solutions: single, dual, and triple lidar configurations. BAIC Blue Valley ARCFOX Polar Fox αS HBT models will adopt the most advanced triple Lidar loading solutions. HBT will also be equipped with 6-millimeter wave radar, 12 cameras, 13 ultrasonic radars, and a Huawei chip with a computing power of up to 352Tops, forming an autonomous driving solution above the L3 level.
Obviously, this is not a car with the Huawei brand. In fact, we may never have a car with the Huawei brand. However, Huawei will cooperate with other automobile companies to launch cars.