By this point, numerous applications of artificial intelligence (AI) technology have been seen in almost every sector. But when it comes to AI systems for cars, we often talk about developing self-driving cars. Large companies use AI technology for self-driving cars, but some researchers and developers teach AI how to ride a bicycle.
Autonomous bicycle using AI
Huawei’s team of engineers recently developed a fully autonomous bicycle that rides on itself, leveraging AI technology, precision sensors, and numerous cameras. Lead engineer Zhihui Jun came up with this idea after a major accident while riding a bicycle.
Following his accident, Jun decided it was time to do it Develop a bicycle that you can ride autonomously, No human interference. The engineer started by creating a detailed CAD model of the autonomous bicycle. Next, we added various components to control the movement of the bike.
The team added two brushless motors and a steering gear to control the faucet. We also installed an RGBD depth sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and LiDAR sensor. It also has a 6S model airplane power battery that can power the bike for a couple of hours. The bike’s “brain”, the primary computing module, is under the seat and directly above the rear wheels.
Speaking of computing modules, it’s completely designed by Jun. He used Huawei’s Ascend 310 as an AI processor and developed the module using the company’s application orchestration service. So, thanks to Jun’s work, AI bikes have enabled perceptual thinking and decision making.
In addition, engineers have built a special control module to keep the bike in balance without falling. This module uses the rotational moment of a disk, which is the same system used by artificial satellites. There is a small precision sensor that detects tilt and sends the data to the attitude control module. This will ensure that your bike is self-supporting. In addition, there is an integrated motor mounted on the rear wheels. The motor allows you to run the cycle without pedals.
Check out the Zhihui Jun video just below. He talks about the journey of developing AI bicycles. However, please note that the entire video is in Chinese. Therefore, please turn on captions on YouTube.