Su Jing, who has held the position of head of 's smart driving product division, will leave the company before the Chinese New Year, and his new destination is unknown for now, local media said.

Su Jing, a key figure in Huawei's autonomous driving division, was previously reported to be joining , but this was denied. Now, the latest reports said that he is leaving Huawei.

Su, who held the position of head of Huawei's smart driving product department, will leave before the Chinese New Year, and his new destination is unknown for now, Tencent Auto said today, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Huawei's public relations source said they had no knowledge of the matter, and Su did not provide a response, according to the report.

Su previously served as chief architect of Huawei Terminal and later as head of Huawei's smart driving product division.

At the end of June last year, there were rumors that Su had joined NIO, but NIO later said the news was untrue, and Su himself also denied it.

At the end of July last year, Huawei announced that Su had been removed from his position as head of the smart driving product division. Bian Honglin, the former Huawei Consumer BG CTO, replaced Su as the smart driving product division CTO.

Huawei said at the time that Su had made inappropriate comments against when talking about autonomous driving technology and safety, so the company decided to remove him from that position.

Su will go to a strategic reserve team for training and assignment, the company said at the time, adding that Huawei respects the efforts and contributions of every player in the industry in the autonomous driving space.

Su previously said at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference about Tesla's self-driving accidents that they are bound to happen when machines and humans live in symbiosis, "to put it bluntly, it's killing people."

Tencent Auto cited sources familiar with the matter as saying that Huawei's consumer BG will continue to optimize its organizational structure and will merge businesses of the same kind in the automotive sector.

Meanwhile, Huawei has poached a dozen sales and marketing talents from automakers, mainly car-making newcomers, in order to sell the M5, the first model of the AITO brand.

Earlier this month, Richard Yu, Huawei's managing director and CEO of its intelligent vehicle solutions BU, said the AITO brand is aiming to sell 30,000 units per month.

Huawei removes Su Jing as president of smart driving, earlier rumors said he would join NIO