Huawei has used the artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities of one of its mobile phones to drive a car and recognise and avoid objects in the road.
The company says it is the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car.
In the RoadReader project, experts at Huawei transformed a Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that understands its surroundings.
Thanks to AI capabilities built into the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the car can distinguish between thousands of different objects including a cat and a dog, a ball or a bike and learn to take the most appropriate course of action.
The car is being shown at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Meanwhile, in a separate project led by Nissan’s European Technical Centre, researchers are developing a prototype autonomous vehicle which aims to emulate natural human driving.
The HumanDrive car is expected to handle a variety of driving scenarios, including country roads, high speed roundabouts, A-roads and motorways in live traffic and different environmental conditions.
Following trials using simulation, hardware in the loop, private test tracks and small sections of public roads, the car will go on a drive across the UK, with AI taking control of the steering, braking, speed, road position and decision-making.
Partners in the project include Hitachi, Transport Systems Catapult, Cranfield University, the University of Leeds, HORIBA MIRA, Atkins, Aimsun Ltd, SBD Automotive and Highways England.
Mark Westwood, chief technology officer at Transport Systems Catapult, said: “This pioneering project will considerably enhance the experience of drivers who use future autonomous vehicles. We’ve only just scratched the surface in terms of the capability of machine learning and AI in driving.”