Audi and Huawei partnership to come up with intelligent self-driving technology

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Together Audi and Huawei to focus on highly automated driving functions.

Huawei and Audi have recently announced that they will collaborate on intelligent connected vehicles (ICV), networking giant Huawei will be deploying its Mobile Data Center (MDC) into the Audi Q7 to demonstrate this state-of-the-art technology. According to Huawei, the MDC would be used in “urban automatic driving environments.”

Consumers to experience intelligent self-driving very soon

According to William Xu, Huawei chief strategy marketing officer, said, “As cars get smarter, we take advantage of our leading ICT technologies with Audi – one of the world’s most successful premium car brands – to lead automatic driving into the fast lane. Very soon, consumers will enjoy more secure, comfortable, convenient, and intelligent self-driving services.”

Saad Metz, EVP, Audi China R&D, stated at Huawei Connect 2018, “We evaluate a joint development of highly automated driving functions and future-oriented vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.”

Intelligent object detection using Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro

Huawei stated, in its RoadReader project, it has used its Mate 10 Pro device to conduct intelligent object recognition to distinguish between thousands of different objects including dogs, cats, balls, and bicycles and “learn to take the most appropriate course of action”. Chinese tech giant added, “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.”

Automatic object-recognition AI capabilities were originally included in the Mate 10 Pro in order to improve photography, with Huawei believes the same technology can be reused, rather than relying on a third-party purpose-built chip.

Huawei’s future AI strategy

Lately, Huawei has unveiled its AI strategy, including a series of chips, cloud services, and products during its annual event. Huawei’s Ascend AI chip series includes the Ascend 910 and Ascend 310, with the company also unveiling the Computer Architecture for Neural Networks (CANN), a chip operators library and automated operators development toolkit, and MindSpore, a device, edge, and cloud training and inference framework.

Eric Xu, Huawei rotating chairman, stated, “Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem.” He added, “Our Huawei EI public cloud services and FusionMind private cloud solutions will provide abundant and affordable computing power for all organizations — especially businesses and governments — and help them use AI.”

Huawei has also announced a smart cities AI partnership with Tianjin Binhai New Area, as well as a smart campus solution and joint innovation laboratories alongside Chinese real estate developer Vanke.