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Romanian Teen Shaves $71,000 From Google’s Self-Driving Car Price Tag – DVICE

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View the original article on Dvice.com: http://www.dvice.com/2013-5-18/teenager-takes-googles-self-driving-car-and-makes-it-71000-cheaper

Ionut Budisteanu, a 19 year-old Romanian high school student, managed to do what Google has not been able to prior. The internet giant’s self-driving car technology took a large step into leading the way to the future of transportation, but with a huge drawback: the 3D radar system alone puts a dent in the bank to the tune of $75,000. Ionut sought to correct this, and succeeded essentially by simplifying and diversifying assignments of the components, and collecting them under the command of a master computer.

“Google didn’t worry about cost while developing the technology,” said Ionut, “and the high-res 3-D radar was the most expensive part.” His new artificial intelligence system drops the cost by $71,000, a major savings, that awarded the brilliant teen with a hefty $75,000 award.

Why this matters to us is simple: this is all of our world, and we should celebrate advances that strive to bring us all a better way of living. This world is all of ours.

What are some advances that you’re geared to see in your lifetime?

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Author: Garrett S.

I am a writer, researcher, and 3D CG generalist, who developed a strong penchant for meditation and spiritual practices. I've incorporated that background into my current work manning the helm in directing my own personal animated projects, most notably of which is my "Mr. G" series, and "The Ville".

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