Bus and truck manufacturer will work with China’s Haylion to develop and test autonomous systems and electrification
Swedish truck and bus specialist Scania has announced it will collaborate with China’s Haylion Technologies, joining forces to investigate “mainly electrified” vehicles, autonomous driving and urban bus transport. Together the two intend to speed up the commercialisation of autonomous driving applications and sustainable transport.
Shenzhen-based Haylion – aka Shenzhen Haylion Technologies Co – works in electrification and connectivity solutions for transport including in autonomous driving. Backed by Gortune Investment the company has established a team of specialists in those areas, with a particular focus on developing comprehensive solutions for public transport by electrified, autonomous and connected buses.
It has worked on the Alphaba Intelligent Driving Public Bus System – an intelligent driving technology suite that includes AI, automated controls and sensing equipment – a system that presumably will help inform its autonomous partnership with Scania.
It’s also currently involved in the China New Energy Intelligent Public Bus System of the Future (CBSF) trial project, which looks at ways to research and develop an innovative, pub bus system for Chinese cities, and to verify and trial that technology within the public transport network.
“For Scania, this partnership provides unique opportunities to contribute to as well as to learn from the rapid technology development now taking place in China in these strategic areas. We look forward to combining our knowledge and global perspective with the expertise and ambitions of Haylion Technologies,“ commented Scania China Strategic Office executive director Mats Harborn.
“We recognise Scania’s leading position in the world’s commercial vehicle industry. I believe that our cooperation will further promote and accelerate China’s development of intelligent vehicles and the Internet of Vehicle (IoV),” noted Haylion Technologies founder and chairman Dr Jimmy Hu Jianping.
The new partnership is the second major agreement the company has signed in as many weeks. In late January Scania also said it would invest 10 million euros in Swedish battery start-up Northvolt, and work in partnership to develop and commercialise battery cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles. The investment will also help Northvolt in building its demonstration line and research facility in Skellefteå, in northern Sweden.