China’s Human Horizons is partnering with Microsoft to jointly develop an on-board AI assistant for its HiPhi vehicle. HiPhi, its subsidiary brand, builds premium smart all-electric vehicles.
The HiPhiGo AI assistant will also allow HiPhi to provide new services such as in-car consumer experiences, telematics, and the ability to securely connect data between the car and its occupants.
Supporting the partnership, HiPhi and Microsoft are in discussion to establish a smart computing lab.
Ding Lei, CEO and founder of Human Horizons and HiPhi, says: “The strategic partnership with Microsoft will accelerate the development of our onboard digital AI assistant, HiPhiGo. HiPhi, as a future-oriented innovative mobility company, and Microsoft, with its unique technological expertise, are outstandingly well-matched. Together, we will play a key role in shaping the future of automotive-mobility.”
Dr. Yongdong Wang, global senior Vice President of Microsoft (Asia) Internet Engineering, adds: “Human Horizons has experience in design, engineering, intelligent systems and more, and has been at the forefront of innovation, with a comprehensive blueprint and successful practice in the integrated development of the vehicle, road and city ecosystem,”
HiPhi 1, the first product of the HiPhi brand, will reach small volume production by the end of 2020 and official deliveries in 2021.