Huawei claims its AI-powered smartphone can help the autonomous Porsche Panamera detect obstacles and also understand its surroundings. Being the latest company to throw its hat into the ring in the race to get autonomous vehicles on the road, the Chinese tech giant said on Thursday that it was the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car.
Unlike other driverless cars which simply detect obstacles, it we have transformed the Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that also understands its surroundings. This means that it can distinguish between thousands of different objects such as a cat or a dog, a ball or a bike and learn to take the most appropriate course of action.
Under its ‘RoadReader’ project, the company is using the AI capabilities already in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone to the fullest. Most autonomous cars currently developed rely on the computing power of purpose-built chips developed by third-party technology providers.
“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,”Andrew Garrihy, chief marketing officer at Huawei Western Europe