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.
The change comes as Nio works to catch up with peers in the self-driving car race after securing $1 billion in funding from the Chinese government.
Tesla has been ramping up its hiring in China lately as part of a broader strategy to localize software and user data in the world’s biggest auto market
The Chinese search engine giant seeks to increase its self-driving advantages in the country’s EV consumption boom.
The market for NEVs in China is growing rapidly while the wider auto market cools.