Huawei’s smartphone was used to control a self-driving Porsche car, according to a report published in TechCrunch on February 27, 2018.
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, Huawei did not have any new smartphones for exhibition. So, they used the Mate 10 Pro smartphone to control a self-driving Porsche car. Compared to the show exhibited at MWC, the promotional video was more dramatical. A dog was seen in the video and the company said that the dog was real. Big cutouts of a dog, cyclist and soccer ball was brought by the company at the MWC trials. To promote the AI processing capabilities of this smartphone, the company had invited people for a quick ride.
To identify objects and to give instructions to the car when these objects are in the way, neutral processing unit (NPU) of the phone is being used. Two short drives were included in the demo. In the initial ride, the car travelled five miles an hour with the objects being identified by the camera. Three different reactions: swerve left, swerve right and stop, were assigned to each cutout. In the second drive, the car travelled 30 miles an hour and directly drove at one of the objects selected by the team. The car was able to spot the object and it turned to the right.
The demo conducted was very simple, however, they were able to convey their idea to the people. It took almost five weeks for the company to build this system. Image recognition utilized by the NPU helps to take better images of the objects. Peter Gauden, Global Senior Product Marketing Manager, conveyed that this demo does not mean that they are planning to get into the business of driverless cars.
This development, which uses smartphone to control a self-driving car, when made available to the consumers will increase the growth of autonomous cars market, as elaborated in the autonomous cars market report published by Coherent Market Insights.