Chinese IT equipment and smartphone manufacturer Huawei announced that it will join hands with local automaker BYD to produce the world’s first eLTE unmanned driving system for BYD’s monorail, local media has reported.

BYD’s monorail, known as SkyRail, went into operation in September 2017 in the city of Yinchuan and has already made an international leap to the Philippines. The company, which counts Warren Buffet as one of its backers, developed the monorail as a public transportation solution to China’s crowded city streets that is cheaper than subways. It has spent about five years and RMB 5 billion to develop SkyRail.

BYD started off as a battery produces and has been heavily investing in new energy vehicles. In 2016, while China’s electric vehicle market was being boosted by government subsidies, the carmaker became the world’s largest seller of electric passenger vehicles including electric buses. BYD showcased its app-equipped smart car Qin at last year’s World’s Mobile Conference in Shanghai.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.