DJI to form self-driving tech team

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is reportedly forming an engineering team that will focus on self-driving technologies.

According to Reuters, job posts have revealed that the business is hiring engineers for auto electronics, autonomous driving, and in-car software.

While three people familiar with DJI’s strategy told the news organisation that the company plans to sell driver-assist technology such as lidar sensors, a key component in self-driving cars, and packaged solutions for autonomous driving functions.

Two Reuters sources said that DJI has been “developing lidar technology and cameras for years.”

DJI is not the only company exploring the self-driving market.

Huawei Technologies has launched a car business unit and is developing sensors, while Baidu, which has been working on autonomous driving and smart car technologies, has partnered with Geely to make its own cars.

Last year DJI was added to the U.S. Commerce Department’s entity list, because of the company’s alleged use of its technology to facilitate human rights abuses in China.

Details of the plans to develop an autonomous vehicle engineering team are not yet public or confirmed.

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