Huawei shows off a car driven automatically by a smartphone

Huawei Car Ai Driving

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on Monday presented a vehicle driven entirely by artificial intelligence contained in a high-end smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

This is the first test of autonomous driving made using a smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) said the group in a statement.

The vehicle was equipped with a camera on its roof and robotic elements to ensure steering. The car had to avoid various obstacles on a track in a straight line of a few tens of meters. “We launched the project five weeks ago, the idea was to show concretely what our AI could bring in. The smartphone totally controls the car, we did not add anything on board outside the steering elements,” Arne Herkelmann, head of innovation at Huawei.

As part of the test, the vehicle had to recognize different obstacles, a bike, a dog or a ball and try to avoid them, depending on the options chosen by the passenger. These objects are detected by the camera and identified by the AI, detailed Herkelmann.

The test aimed to highlight the group’s AI capabilities, without aiming to propose a new driverless steering system, Huawei said. Watch the video below.

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