Chery has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with BOE, an Internet of Things (IOT) innovation enterprise, as it embarks on a plan to develop highly autonomous vehicles by 2025.

Chery says it has realized mass production of cars with L2.5 autonomous driving technology and put them on the market, and is expected to realize L4 highly autonomous driving technology in 2025.

The two sides will have ‘in-depth cooperation in the fields of smart cabin solutions, cutting-edge technology research and development, and smart scene solutions’. Chery has developed strategic cooperative partnerships with leading high-tech companies in China such as Huawei, who they will work with to jointly develop smart cars for the future.

In 2018, Chery released its intelligent brand strategy covering Chery’s intelligent planning in the full-life cycle, ranging from R&D, manufacturing, marketing to services.  The “Lion Cloud OS” – an intelligent network system – has now evolved to version 4.0, which has implemented such AI technologies as enhanced intelligent voice interaction, AI face recognition and Chery Smart AI Cloud etc., and has been installed in the core products – Tiggo and Arrizo, now having more than 500,000 users.

In terms of new energy technology, Chery has launched its first pure electric vehicle (EQ1) with lightweight all-aluminum body as a Chinese automobile brand. Chery’s new energy product ranges will be extended into all market segments, from class A to class C car products and from class B to class D SUV products, covering PHEV, BEV, EREV, electric four-wheel drive and hydrogen fuel cell new energy vehicles. At the Shanghai auto show in April this year, an EQX concept was showed with a claimed L4 automatic driving function.