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The new HONOR Magic6 Pro smartphone offers innovative technology that can be used in lots of ways. But can it move a car?

As British science-fiction writer and futurist Arthur C Clarke once noted: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. The idea being that if a device is intuitive enough, seamless enough and simple enough to use, then it can feel simply joyful and empowering in your hand. Like magic…

That’s particularly true for the brand-new pace-setting HONOR Magic6 Pro, which boasts some pretty innovative technology under its skin. So, how best to demonstrate it?  Well, that’s where Dr. James Brighton comes in.

Alongside James’ far-reaching day job as an automotive engineer, he’s created a series of full-size remote control vehicles with astonishing capabilities – whether it’s a remote-control Nissan GT-R that can lap Silverstone at up to 130mph from the vantage point of a helicopter, or a remote-control Hummer that can tackle tough off-road courses.

HONOR set James a new challenge: could he and his team use the cutting-edge technology on the new HONOR Magic6 Pro to remotely control a car? We went behind-the-scenes to find out how it all works, and to explore how it could open up new ways in which we might interact with all our devices in the future.

Watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes video, or read on to learn more…

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The location for our trip is a large imposing concrete hangar on the perimeter of an old Cold War airbase. You can’t get much more top secret than this. Inside, we find a camo-wrapped car and a small team of engineers putting the finishing touches to its remote-control tech.

Leading the team is James. In his hand is the HONOR Magic6 Pro: the latest addition to HONOR’s flagship smartphone line-up, featuring technology that can better understand and anticipate your behaviour – and your intent – to create a more seamless and smarter user experience.

It’s not just limited to making everyday tasks, such as interacting with messages and commands, faster and more intuitive. It also works with the HONOR Magic6 Pro’s camera to better-capture images – especially fast-moving action – in ultra-clear ultra-high-definition with exceptional detail and clarity: something HONOR has nicknamed ‘Sportography’.

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Using the HONOR Magic6 Pro to control a car

For this demonstration, HONOR’s technicians have developed a proof-of-concept app that can issue a series of simple commands to a remotely controlled car. The electronics and hydraulics under the demo car’s skin perform the complex actions of actually driving the vehicle, but the app on the HONOR Magic6 Pro remotely initiates each and every action.

James selects the app and ‘Engine Start. As if by magic, the V6 engine under the demo car’s bonnet rumbles into life. James selects ‘Backwards’ and the demo car magically reverses itself by a safe and pre-defined five metres, before automatically braking to a halt. Selecting ‘Forwards’, James commands the car to move five metres back to its original position. Then, James selects ‘Engine Stop’ and a silent hush descends on the hangar once again. It’s all incredibly seamless, and incredibly intuitive.

As James explains, there are lots of traditional well-established ways in which we already interact with our smartphones and other devices – whether its typing, touch control, voice control, or moving the phone. But offering more options for even more people to interact with their phones in new and different ways opens up more opportunities for an even broader section of society to celebrate e-mobility.

Devices like the HONOR Magic6 Pro offer the potential to empower us, the user, and further democratise the way in which we interact with the technology in our hands in better and more meaningful ways. And, as Arthur C Clarke suggested, there’s nothing more magical than that.

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*Proof of concept technology, not intended for consumer use on public roads. Eye-tracking technology not currently available outside China

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