The DS 7 debuts at the Huawei Eco-Partner Conference 2018. (Photo: Courtesy of Huawei)
The first car featuring Huawei's Connected Car solution - the DS 7, an all-new luxury car from DS automobiles, debuted at the Huawei Eco-Partner Conference 2018 in Qingdao, Shandong Province on March 22. The DS 7 reflects Huawei's ambition to innovation and investment in the connected car domain.
The automotive industry is evolving in the direction of connected cars as market demand grows and technology advances. The Huawei Connected Car solution is supported by Huawei's Internet of Things (IoT) platform, OceanConnect. This solution offers business enablement suites via cloud services over the Huawei worldwide public cloud or Huawei-carrier jointly operated clouds. It supports travel services, car maintenance services, fleet management, shared leasing and user-based insurance. Through the solution, automobile manufacturers can take advantage of valuable data assets to build up their ecosystems.
"Huawei's Connected Car solution is designed to focus on the four needs of automobile manufacturers - data collection, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analysis, security deployment and ecosystems," Guo Jin, president of the Huawei IoT platform said. "We insist on not developing upper-layer applications or touching user data. The data autonomy and control are exclusive to customers. Leveraging our decades of expertise in communications technology and a service network covering more than 170 countries and regions, we are ready to help automobile manufacturers explore business opportunities."
The DS 7 is the new strategic product of the DS range in China. Its arrival aims to bring unprecedented sophistication, intelligence and a luxury car experience to Chinese consumers.
"Our Connected Vehicle Modular Platform (CVMP), also called DS Connect, will be available globally to provide innovative offerings in the DS range," Laurent Fortune, chief technology officer of DS Connect, said. "The DS 7 presents five aspects of service - easy travel, security assurance, worry-free car maintenance, interconnected sharing and a fun lifestyle. We are excited to see how the DS 7 improves human-car interaction." Services available now include emergency calls, smart parking, car health monitoring, driving behavior evaluation, news and entertainment and concierge service.
The DS 7 was released for pre-order on March 20 in China and will be officially launched at the Auto China 2018 exhibition on April 25. Huawei's global platform will also support all future car ranges of Group PSA, a French manufacturer of automobiles. The partnership aims to operate the global platform in eight regions by 2020, serving more than 10 million connected cars in over 170 countries and regions.