Xiaomi has hired Yu Liguo, a former senior executive at state-owned automaker BAIC Motor, to lead its autonomous electric vehicle project.
Autonomous driving technologies are the most crucial part of intelligent and electric vehicles, president Wang said.
Xiaomi is the world’s second-largest smartphone maker by market share; its entry into the growing EV market may bring new competition to Nio, Xpeng, and Li Auto.
Leading automakers have been embracing high-voltage battery systems, a technology and a longer driving range.
The cell phone maker known as ‘the Apple of China’ has backed EV companies Nio and Xpeng. Its entry is expected to shake up China’s car market.
The world’s fourth-biggest phone maker Xiaomi now pledges to develop high-quality EVs with a ‘best-in-class’ connected device ecosystem.