The Chinese electric car maker BYD and smartphone manufacturer Huawei has unveiled the world’s first series of cars that runs the latter’s HiCar system. A new system that is based on the company’s proprietary HarmonyOS.

The new HiCar system is an intelligent connectivity based solution that is built on Huawei’s self developed operating system. It was announced on July 12 and marks the company’s expansion into the automotive networking field.

The latest electric flagship car model Han from BYD will be the first to run the new OS, according to Richard Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei.

Huawei HiCar Launched

This is also the first time Huawei is introducing 5G solutions to vehicles. HarmonyOS was built to be a widely supported cross platform OS and this expansion follows the same philosophy. Notably, the HiCar system will be available in more than 120 car modes from over 30 different automobile makers including Audi, BYD, GAC, and BAIC. The new system will basically allow users to control their cars with smartphones, check car status in real time, and more.

Special Variant Of Huawei P40 Launched

Furthermore, during the Sunday launch conference, the senior executive also unveiled a new special variant of the Huawei P40. This new model of the flagship carries a logo on the rear that commemorates the new HiCar system and BYD collaboration and the word “Han” on the top right corner. Apart from the appearance, the device sports identical feature on the inside.

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