Huawei gathers 10 thousand employees to develop lidar, costs may drop sharply


Wang Jun, president of Huawei’s smart car solutions business, stated at the 12th China Auto Blue-Book Forum (CABF) that Huawei currently has an optoelectronic technology research center in Wuhan with a total of more than 10,000 employees. The research center is currently working on the research and development of lidar technology. The goal is to develop a 100-line lidar in the short term, and in the future, the cost of lidar will be reduced to 200 US dollars or even 100 US dollars.

According to reports, Huawei proposed to build smart car sensors such as lidar and millimeter-wave radar in October last year. This is part of the four ecosystems that Huawei has built to build the MDC intelligent driving platform. With the US’s technical blockade of Huawei’s high-end chips, it is not excluded that Huawei will invest more energy in the field of smart cars, and radar sensors are a very important part of it.

In addition to investing considerable manpower and material resources to develop lidar, Huawei is also deploying millimeter-wave radar. According to Wang Jun, the technologies of millimeter-wave radar and 5G communication are similar. Therefore, Huawei will use more advanced 5G technology to manufacture millimeter-wave radar, which will greatly improve the performance of millimeter-wave radar and even make it reach the performance of 32-line lidar, and the price is much lower than lidar.