The emerging generation of autonomous vehicles are packed with high-end machine-learning computers, a range of cameras and motion sensors.
Huawei reckons its existing Mate Pro 10 can do a pretty good job too. The firm is touting the P10 as the first first AI enabled phone to drive a car.
It’s RoadReader project put the firm’s object recognition software and learning capabilities to the test in order to avoid running over a dog.
It believes the P10-powered Porsche Panamera beats current autonomous vehicles because it can tell a dog from a cat, for instance.
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The firm says: “Unlike other driverless cars, which simply detect obstacles, Huawei has used the embedded artificial intelligence on its Mate 10 Pro smartphone to transform a Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that doesn’t just see, but crucially, understands its surroundings.
“This means that it can recognise different types of obstacles and respond with various manoeuvres accordingly.”
You can see the demonstration below. We’re struggling to believe it really sat a super cute Labrador in the middle of the road and trusted the vehicle to swerve out of the way, but we’ll leave that up to you.
Huawei says it developed the system from scratch in just five weeks. It converted the car to be robotically controlled and then built a communication system between the phone and the car.
“Our smartphone is already outstanding at object recognition. We wanted to see if in a short space of time we could teach it to not only drive a car, but to use its AI capabilities to see certain objects, and be taught to avoid them” said Andrew Garrihy, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Western Europe.
“If our technology is intelligent enough to achieve this in just 5 weeks – what else can it make possible?”
The company is bringing the car to MWC in Barcelona next week, where we’re hoping to get a closer look.
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