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Huawei, Volkswagen collaborate to connect cars and smartphones

May 29, 2015  

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Huawei and Volkswagen have announced plans to cooperate in the area of car connectivity, launching technology that the two firms say integrates smartphone functions with vehicle-mounted systems and allows drivers to use those functions safely while driving.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai this week, Huawei and Volkswagen jointly demonstrated a series of apps they said safely allow drivers to use GPS navigation systems, play music, send and receive messages, and make phone calls while behind the wheel. The apps support MirrorLink, an open technology standard designed to maximize interoperability between smartphones and vehicle-mounted systems. They cover multiple services including phone calls, SMS, navigation, multimedia, and payment that are all centered on smartphones.

Sven Patuschka, executive vice president for research and development of Volkswagen Group China, said the initiative with Huawei will seamlessly blend the capabilities of users’ smartphones with the systems in their cars.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG), added that vehicles are turning out to be the “largest mobile smart terminals.”

The first locally produced Volkswagen model equipped with MirrorLink is the Lamando, followed by the also locally produced Golf 7. More models will follow. All imported Volkswagen products from the model year 2016 will be equipped with MirrorLink.

Meanwhile, the sales revenue of BG in 2014 was US$12.1 billion, breaking the US$10 billion mark for the first time, with year-on-year growth of 32.6%.

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