The investment in Horizon reflects Chinese automakers’ growing anxiety about the ongoing semiconductor shortage.
China’s leading search engine Baidu is rushing to lead the race in popularizing driver-assistance features on consumer cars.
Autonomous driving technologies are the most crucial part of intelligent and electric vehicles, president Wang said.
A management reshuffle signals commitment as Huawei tries to break into the fast-growing autonomous and electric vehicle sector.
SAIC is among a list of state-backed automotive majors shifting towards startup chipmaker Horizon Robotics as a domestic substitute for global suppliers.
The move is a direct response to consistent concerns among existing carmakers about the potential threat of Huawei entering the industry and manufacturing its own cars.