Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is entering the ride-sharing market with the launch of a standalone car-calling app “Petal Chuxing”. The company is looking for ways to expand its auto-related business and diversify its revenue streams as sales of its smartphones slow.

Why is it important: Huawei’s foray into ride-hailing is a natural extension of the company’s ambition to become a key player in the automotive space, as the self-driving ride-hailing service has the potential to account for a significant percentage of new car sales. long-term.

Details: Huawei has launched a carpooling application called “Petal Chuxing”, based on its navigation application “Petal Cards‘, which allows users to request rides from multiple ride-sharing providers, state media publication National Business Daily reported Friday.

  • Users can now access two national ride-sharing companies – Shenzhou Zhuanche, a Chinese subsidiary of car rental company Car Inc, and state-backed Shouqi. Huawei is testing the service in Beijing, Shenzhen and the eastern city of Nanjing, according to the report.
  • At a press conference last week, Huawei’s head of consumer business, Richard Yu, said the company had made Petal Maps more competitive than similar offerings by seamlessly linking users’ Huawei handsets to vehicles. equipped with HarmonyOS.
  • A Huawei spokesperson declined to comment further when contacted by TechNode, saying the company will share more information once it becomes available.

The context: Huawei first launched its proprietary mapping service for overseas users in October 2020, a year after US sanctions banned the company from including Google software and services on its devices. The service now has 28 million users in more than 160 countries.

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Jill Shen is a Shanghai-based technology journalist. It covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles and electric cars. Connect with her via email: [email protected] or Twitter: @yushan_shen More by Jill Shen

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