A smartphone took me for a drive and stopped us crashing into a cyclist


I’ve just climbed into the passenger seat of a car driven entirely by a smartphone, using nothing more than a high-speed camera mounted to the roof to see where it’s going. My fate is literally in the hands of this phone.


“Lots of people have been questioning us on [our smartphone] AI,” Huawei’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, Peter Gauden told us at MWC 2018. “So we’ve developed a showcase to give people a visual representation of what we can do.”

Now, before I go further, a caveat about this driverless car experience. The driverless technology here is nowhere near as advanced as that being developed by automotive manufacturers, but that’s not what Huawei is trying to achieve.

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Rather, it wants to show the power of the AI (artificial intelligence) inside its flagship Huawei Mate 10 Pro phone in a visual way, because it’s finding it difficult to explain to consumers.

There’s no radar or lidar (which uses pulses of laser light where radar uses radio waves) system, which are what the more advanced systems from car companies use, here; instead the Mate 10 Pro is plugged directly (via a HDMI cable) to a roof-mounted high-speed camera.

This article was sourced fromTechRadar

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