Under a project called RoadReader, a Huawei smartphone was turned into the AI-powered brain of a Porsche Panamera in Barcelona, Spain. The Chinese smartphone maker showcased the superpowers the Mate 10 Pro smartphone at this year’s edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC).
The phone was successful in identifying the obstacles in the Porsche’s way, according to Android Authority. But the car had to be first equipped with a camera on its top and a $10,490 wireless video transceiver for the feat.
The camera and the video receiver supplied the Mate 10 Pro’s Kirin 970 processor with the footage necessary to identify the obstacles. Also, the limousine’s trunk hosted a computer that translated the phone’s instructions in the car’s language.
During the test, a backup driver was behind the wheel and the center console of the car had a big emergency button that was supposed to be pressed to stop the car if things went wrong.
A ‘Cool’ Experience
Huawei unveiled that it had previously tested the car with hundreds of objects that may pop up on the road. During the demo, a cardboard dog, soccer ball, and bicycle played the role of obstacles.
Testers were able to instruct the phone via voice commands what to do with every obstacle – swerve or brake. The phone worked incredibly smoothly, and all commands were carried out without hesitation.
Android Authority bloggers who have recently went for a ride described the experience as “underwhelming,” but still “cool”. Plus, it’s quite impressive what a Huawei smartphone can do, when the device is usually used mainly to watch YouTube videos or check Facebook.
Mate 10 Pro’s processor is so powerful that it can process machine learning actions that are so complex that they can control a car driving at 50 kmph. Huawei explained that the software breaks down the video feed into images before its AI algorithms analyze the frames in search for potential obstacles.
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