and Tsinghua University have signed three long-term research cooperation agreements to jointly tackle key technology issues in the auto field.

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Technology giant Huawei and China's top university Tsinghua University signed a cooperation agreement on November 29 to collaborate in the field of smart connected vehicles, according to information released by the former on Tuesday.

The two signed three long-term research cooperation agreements, Huawei said, without disclosing details of the agreement.

The two sides will use the collaboration to jointly tackle key technology issues in the sector and nurture leading talents to support the industry's development, said Li Jianqiu, dean of Tsinghua University's School of Vehicle and Mobility.

This is the latest move by Huawei to increase its efforts in the automotive sector.

The tech giant recently won a 260,000-square-meter industrial site in Dongguan with a bid of 188 million yuan ($29.5 million), the China Securities Journal reported Tuesday.

The site will be used for a smart car component manufacturing project with a total investment of no less than RMB 2.4 billion, the report said, citing an agreement.

At the end of March this year, Huawei said the company was positioning itself as a component supplier in the smart car sector, with the goal of helping car companies build good cars.

In September, Wang Jun, chief operating officer of Huawei's Intelligent Vehicle Solutions BU, said the company would invest $1 billion in R&D in auto parts this year and its R&D team would reach 5,000 people.

Huawei already had more than 30 intelligent auto parts on the market, including the MDC intelligent driving computing platform, LiDAR, HarmonyOS cockpit and all-in-one powertrain, which are among the industry's leading products, Wang said at the time.

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