ECARX and Black Sesame Technologies Strengthen Partnership to Develop Intelligent Driving Ecosystem

SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ECARX Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ECX) (“ECARX”), a global mobility technology provider, today announced that it has signed a new strategic partnership agreement with Black Sesame Technologies (“Black Sesame”), a leading automotive-grade SoC and SoC-based intelligent vehicle solution provider.

Building upon strong track record of cooperation, ECARX and Black Sesame will collaborate closely to integrate their respective research and development, product, and technical resources. The strategic partnership aims at developing cutting-edge ADAS solutions that drive business growth and solution deployment for both parties, fostering the development of an integrated intelligent driving ecosystem.

Pursuant to the strategic partnership, ECARX will share valuable supply chain information with Black Sesame, fostering collaboration with a wider range of vehicle brands. Together, the two parties will jointly develop demonstration models, accelerate innovation efforts, and push for the large-scale adoption of solutions that bring the safety, convenience, and fun of intelligent driving to a wider consumer base.

Ziyu Shen, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of ECARX, said, “I am delighted to see the significant strides that both companies have taken in deepening our partnership. Integrating Black Sesame’s extensive intelligent driving capabilities into ECARX’s leading solutions will unleash unique synergies in our ecosystem. Together, we aim to generate fresh opportunities to drive innovation, achieve widespread adoption of intelligent driving, and accelerate the intelligent transformation of the global automotive industry.”

Weihong Liu, co-founder and President of Black Sesame Technologies, said, “We are thrilled to embark on this strategic partnership with ECARX to jointly bring highly competitive and high-value products and solutions to the market. Black Sesame Technologies is committed to facilitating the rapid deployment of autonomous driving solutions through our vehicle computing chips, and we will continue to actively seek opportunities to collaborate with industry partners to build an open ecosystem that empowers stakeholders.”

About ECARX
ECARX (Nasdaq: ECX) is a global automotive technology provider with the capabilities to deliver turnkey solutions for next-generation smart vehicles, from the system on a chip (SoC), to central computing platforms, and software. As automakers develop new electric vehicle architectures from the ground up, ECARX is developing full-stack solutions to enhance the user experience, while reducing complexity and cost.

Founded in 2017 and listed on the Nasdaq in 2022, ECARX now has over 2,000 employees based in 11 major locations in China, UK, USA, Sweden, Germany and Malaysia. The co-founders are two automotive entrepreneurs, Chairman and CEO Ziyu Shen, and Eric Li (Li Shufu), who is also the founder and chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group — with ownership interests in global brands including Lotus, Lynk & Co, Polestar, Smart, and Volvo Cars. ECARX also works with other well-known automakers, including FAW and Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën. To date, ECARX products can be found in over 5.6 million vehicles worldwide.

About Black Sesame Technologies
Black Sesame Technologies is a leading automotive-grade computing SoC and SoC-based intelligent vehicle solution provider. The company started with the Huashan Series high-computing power SoCs for autonomous driving and recently introduced the Wudang Series cross-domain SoCs to address more diverse and sophisticated demands for advanced functionalities of intelligent vehicles. Black Sesame Technologies’ proprietary automotive-grade products and technologies empower intelligent vehicles with mission-critical capabilities such as autonomous driving, smart cockpit, advanced imaging and interconnection. The company offers full-stack autonomous driving capabilities to meet broad customer needs through SoCs and SoC-based solutions, powered by in-house developed IP cores, algorithms and support software.

Forward-Looking Statements
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