The Huawei Mate 10 Pro Just Drove A Porsche: Look Ma, No Hands!

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Huawei just proved that its Mate 10 Pro can drive a car. The Porsche Panamera was driven by the smartphone's Kirin 970 chipset and its NPU system.  ( Pau Barrena/AFP | Getty Images )

Huawei wants everyone to recognize the processing power of its Kirin 970 SoC on the Mate 10 Pro with the help of a Porsche Panamera.

The chipset is developed in-house and supposedly comes with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit or NPU, which holds a potential for artificial intelligence. The processor is also on board the Mate 10 and the Honor view 10 smartphones.

The company claims that the dedicated AI unit is intentionally designed to handle tasks that require a clever system to handle different tasks.

Expanding Its Usage

Sources confirm that the Kirin 970's NPU has not been fully utilized other than with the handset's imaging systems. When taking a photograph, the NPU will begin automatically detecting the scene and the subjects using its image recognition program. Once the appropriate information has been gathered, the phone automatically changes the settings to produce the most vibrant image.

The Chinese company attended the 2018 Mobile World Congress to showcase what the processor can actually do in certain setups. It is part of the brand's attempt to encourage developers to work on its AI platform.

Using A Mobile Phone While Driving

In general, everyone knows that smartphone usage during a drive can be quite dangerous. However, in the case of Huawei and Porsche, it's the Mate 10 Pro that took the wheel.

Company insiders established that the former does not have plans to enter the autonomous driving technology market. The demonstration simply seeks to prove that the Kirin 970 chipset and its NPU can handle tasks that require complex calculations to ensure safety.

The test was performed at the Camp Nou stadium of FC Barcelona. The Panamera was set up with an attached skibox on the roof with a camera. The smartphone was connected to the system and the drivetrain and relied on its AI chipset to guide the vehicle forward and around objects.

Experts explained that the test was intended to show off the NPU's image recognition system. Despite its successful demo, the limited number of obstacles and controlled environment hardly meant that the AI was not really pushed to its potential.

Other Products From Huawei

Other than the Porsche driving test aced by the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the company also revealed the new products added to its 2018 lineup. These include MateBook X Pro, MediaPad M5 8.4, MediaPad M5 10.8, and MediaPad M5 Pro.

Speculated announcements of the Huawei P20, Mate 11, and Watch 3 were unavailable during MWC 2018.

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