Exactly how far can technology go these days? Well, for one, some smartphones are now capable of driving cars — to a certain degree. This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) unveiled the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and just how far it can go. As it turns out, the Android phone managed to drive a Porsche with the use of artificial intelligence (AI).
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Drives a Porsche Panamera
It’s worth noting that the Mate 10 Pro’s chip boasts of AI capabilities of its own. Thanks to this, it managed to teach a Porsche Panamera to drive itself. This was made possible through the use of the Mate 10 Pro’s Kirin 970 chip alongside its object recognition AI.
Referred to as RoadReader, the project not only involves teaching the phone how to drive, but also how to avoid objects that the car may encounter on the road. To do this, Huawei installed an external camera on the roof of the car in order to survey the road ahead. From there, the camera is connected via HDMI to the Mate 10 Pro, which is docked inside the car like a typical dash cam. With video capture being sent to the phone in real time, the Mate 10 Pro’s AI with object recognition comes into play. In turn, self-driving commands are conveyed to the car.
Though the concept and technology is impressive, Huawei insists that it is not actually delving into the market of self-driving cars. RoadReader was instead used to showcase the capabilities of AI, especially on the Mate 10 Pro.
“This is pushing the boundaries of what a smartphone can do,” shares Peter Gauden, senior product marketing manager for Huawei Technologies. “It’s a proof of concept.”
Other Features of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro
As a flagship phone, Huawei has been promoting the Mate 10 Pro extensively. Besides a dual rear camera system, the phone also features minimal bezels and is water resistant. Notably, its camera boasts of having a f/1.6 aperture, which is rather impressive for a smartphone.
The Mate 10 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery is also commendable as it lasts for quite a substantial amount of time. Furthermore, the Mate 10 Pro makes use of Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Notably, the Mate 10 Pro takes a cue from other current smartphones and does away with a headphone jack. Instead, it offers a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, along with Huawei’s own USB-C earphones. This thus offers more flexible options for audio-listening on the device.