Right now, we have seen numerous applications of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in almost every industry. However, when it comes to artificial intelligence systems for vehicles, most of the time we talk about the development of autonomous cars. Although major organizations are using AI technologies for autonomous vehicles, there are some researchers also developers who are teaching AIs how to ride a bike.
AI-Powered Autonomous Bicycle
A team of Huawei engineers recently developed a fully autonomous bike that takes advantage of artificial intelligence technology, high-precision sensors, and plenty of cameras to ride. Lead engineer Zhihui Jun came up with the idea after suffering a serious accident while riding a bicycle.
After his accident, Jun decided it was time to develop a bicycle that could ride autonomously, without any human interference. The engineers began by making a detailed CAD model of the autonomous bike. They then added various components to control the movement of the bike.
This team added two brushless motors also a steering gear to control this faucet. They also installed an RGBD depth sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, also a LiDAR sensor. There is also a 6S model airplane power battery on board that can power the bike for 2-3 hours. The main computing module, which is the “brain” of the bicycle, is located under the seat and just above the rear wheel.
Speaking of the computing module, it is entirely designed by Jun. He used Huawei’s Ascend 310 as an artificial intelligence processor also this company’s application orchestration service to improve the module. So thanks to Jun’s work, the AI bike is now able to think and make perceptive decisions.
In addition, the engineers built a special control module to ensure that the bike can balance on its own and does not fall over. The module uses the moment of rotation of the disk, which is the same system used by artificial satellites. There is a small, high-precision sensor that detects the tilt and sends the data to the attitude control module, which makes sure the bike is self-supporting. In addition, there is an integrated motor connected to the rear wheels. The motor allows the bike to move without pedals.
You can watch Zhihui Jun’s video just below where he tells all about the development journey of this AI bike. However, please note that the entire video is in the Chinese language. So be sure to change on subtitles on YouTube.