AI startup Mobvoi (出门问问 in Chinese) announced yesterday it has completed a US$ 180 million series D backed by Volkswagen Group China that will promote the application of its AI technologies in the automobile market, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.

The two parties have signed a strategic partnership to build a 50/50 joint venture (JV) between Mobvoi and Volkswagen China Investment (VCIC), targeting the automotive market.

Committed to R&D and application of vehicle-mounted AI technologies, the new JV is set to develop products tailored for the Volkswagen-branded models, beginning with a smart rear-view mirror which Mobvoi launched last year and combines multiple functions including 4G network, voice navigation, search POI, instant messaging and onboard entertainment.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.