Huawei Mate 10 Pro learns to drive a car thanks to Kirin 970’s NPU

February 22nd, 2018   decode   Android 7.1

In smartphones, AI powers digital assistants. In cars, it wants to be a digital chauffeur. But what if those two branches of artificial intelligence came together? Huawei set off on a 5 week mission to find out – the RoadReader project.

Engineers taught a Huawei Mate 10 Pro to drive a Porsche Panamera – throttle, steering wheel, breaks. It leveraged the phone’s NPU, the part of the Kirin 970 chipset that accelerates machine learning tasks.

Using the phone’s cameras and object recognition, the team managed to teach the phone to recognize obstacles in the road and maneuver around…

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