A new Tesla rival? Volkswagen looks to buy Huawei’s self-driving business

What do you do if you fear Tesla’s dominance? You get your own self-driving business.

At least that’s what Volkswagen is planning to do, according to a report by Germany’s Manager Magazin published on Thursday.

Will the move prove fruitful?

Volkswagen and Huawei are in talks about merging. The first would acquire the latter’s autonomous driving business in order to compete with giants like Tesla.

There is currently no mention of pricing but the deal is being heralded as revolutionary. Huawei’s self-driving capabilities have significantly improved over the last few years and could soon compete with Tesla’s especially since the latter seems to be struggling of late.

Despite claims by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk that its technology is crash-free, the software is still widely viewed as unsafe if not downright dangerous. Meanwhile, Volkswagen has already experimented with autonomous vehicles, unveiling a prototype for a fully autonomous car all the way back in early 2017.