Artifical intelligence technology is being heavily invested in by a number of technology companies, including Huawei. AI-powered devices could play an important role in the future of society and Huawei wants to be on the edge of the technology. The company created the RoadReader project to test how far they could push the AI software inside the Mate 10 Pro. According to Huawei, they’ve successfully used a Mate 10 Pro to turn a Porsche Panamera into a driverless car.
Unlike other driverless cars, which simply detect obstacles Huawei has transformed a Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that doesn’t just see, but crucially, understands its surroundings. This means that can it can distinguish between 1,000s 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 recognize 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?”
Huawei will be showing the RoadReader project off at MWC on February 26th and 27th and delegates will be invited for a test drive themselves. It’s an interesting idea, though I’m not fully convinced it would be something I’d want to actually use.