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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