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China-based tech giant Huawei has extended its artificial intelligence (AI) interests into the realm of driverless vehicles, announcing on Thursday that it has used an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car, reports BGR.

Under its RoadReader project, Huawei has unveiled a technology that uses AI-enabled smartphone to drive a car that can not only identify objects on the road but take smart decisions to avoid collisions or hitting someone.

Huawei will showcase its “RoadReader” project at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain on February 26-27.

In a video released (see below) by the Huawei, the driverless Porsche Panamera is controlled by Huawei’s flagship smartphone “Mate 10 Pro”, that can “understand its surroundings”.

Huawei first used this automatic object-recognition AI capabilities in its Mate 10 Pro for in order to improve photography of the smartphone. Later, Huawei said that this technology can be reused for driverless-cars instead of relying on a third-party purpose-built chip.

“Unlike other driverless cars, which simply detect obstacles, Huawei has transformed a Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that doesn’t just see, but crucially understands its surroundings,” the Chinese tech giant said.

“Our smartphone is already outstanding at object recognition. We wanted to see if in a short space of time we could teach it to not only drive a car, but to use its AI capabilities to see certain objects, and be taught to avoid them,” said Andrew Garrihy, Chief Marketing Officer at Huawei Europe.

According to ZDNet, Huawei’s AI push also saw it sign a strategic agreement with Chinese search engine giant Baidu in December to build an open mobile AI ecosystem that covers platforms, technology, internet services, and content ecosystems.

In India, Huawei first brought its Artificial Intelligence capabilities when it launched its AI-enabled smartphone Honor View 10, in January this year.

Earlier in April 2017, Huawei partnered with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India for digitalization of government schools in Telangana state, under its Daksha CSR program.

In July 2015, Alibaba too unveiled its driverless internet connected car called OS’Car RX5 and comparing it to Huawei’s smartphone-enabled car it has capability to identify the driver by their smartwatch instead.

To recall, India’s homegrown software giant Infosys has also proven that innovation and India can go very well together when the company unveiled its very own self-driving vehicle, a ‘driverless’ cart, in July 2017.

According to a report, autonomous vehicles industry is going to be world’s single largest industry, not soon, but by the year 2050, one can expect the industry to explode to the tunes of a whopping $7 trillion.

Top Image Via – coolest-hacks.com

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