Volkswagen is said to be in talks with Huawei, as per sources from the Financial Times, to introduce HarmonyOS in its cars sold in China. This move is driven by Volkswagen’s desire to cater to the strong preference of Chinese consumers for domestic technology, coupled with the company’s own software challenges. Collaborating with Huawei would align with these factors and offer Volkswagen the potential to incorporate HarmonyOS into their Chinese market vehicles. In contrast, Seres, a European automotive company, has decided to adopt Android Auto instead of HarmonyOS for its vehicles sold in Europe, taking a different approach.
Volkswagen is actively considering potential partnerships for software development in China, according to sources. While Huawei remains a top contender due to its HarmonyOS ecosystem, the German automaker is exploring other options as well. This move comes as Volkswagen aims to address the perception that its software capabilities lag behind those of its EV competitors, particularly in the competitive Chinese market. Huawei, in particular, has emerged as a strong competitor in the country with its own car brand.