Huawei Unveils First Car To Be Driven By AI-Powered Smartphone

Huawei has become the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car. The RoadReader project pushes the boundaries of Huawei’s object recognition technology and puts the learning capabilities, speed and performance of its AI-powered devices to the test.

Unlike other driverless cars, which simply detect obstacles, Huawei has transformed a Porsche Panamera into a driverless car that doesn’t just see, but crucially, understands its surroundings. This means that it can distinguish between 1000s of different objects including a cat and a dog, a ball or a bike and learn to take the most appropriate course of action.

Huawei’s RoadReader project is taking advantage of the AI capabilities already in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The device uses AI to automatically recognise the objects like cats, dogs, food and other objects, to help people take pictures like a pro.

Most autonomous cars currently being developed rely on the computing power of purpose-built chips developed by third party technology providers. However, as part of its ongoing mission to make the impossible possible, Huawei has used technology already available in its smartphones, demonstrating its superior functionality and ability to stand up to even the most advanced technology developed for use in self-driving cars.

“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?”

You can read our full review of the Mate 10 Pro here.

Huawei will be showcasing the RoadReader projects and the vehicle’s capabilities at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 26th February to 1st March 2018.

For more information and to see RoadReader in action, please visit here.

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