Huawei has pivoted to smart electric vehicles

BEIJING/SHENZHEN (REUTERS) - China s Huawei Technologies aims to develop driverless passenger car technology by 2025, an executive said on Thursday (June 10), as the world s largest telecommunications equipment maker explores other roads in the face of United States sanctions.

"Our team s goal is to reach true driverless passenger cars in 2025," Mr Wang Jun, senior executive at its smart vehicle unit, told an industry conference.

Dozens of start-ups, carmakers and large technology firms such as Internet search leader Baidu are accelerating work on self-driving vehicle systems.

Huawei has pivoted to smart electric vehicles after its global smartphone business was hammered by US sanctions. The previous Trump administration labelled the company a threat to US national security - a charge it denies.