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Huawei enters EV business by lending technology to Chinese SUV

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Huawei enters EV business by lending technology to Chinese SUV
Huawei's operating system will integrate some of its smartphone-oriented technology into the Aito M5. A Huawei smartwatch, for example, can be used to start the vehicle. File Photo by Wu Hong/EPA-EFE

Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is getting into the electric car business by putting its first operating system into a Chinese sport-utility vehicle.

The company says it's lending its Harmony operating system to the Aito M5.

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The M5, the first vehicle produced by the Aito brand, runs on both electricity and fuel, according to Huawei executive Richard Yu, and will be delivered beginning in February at a price near $40,000.

Yu announced the partnership Thursday at a Huawei winter product launch event.

Huawei's operating system will integrate some of its smartphone-oriented technology into the vehicle. A Huawei smartwatch, for example, can be used to start the Aito M5.

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