16 Jan '15, 4pm

Self-driving Cars Get Good Navigation on the Cheap

Self-driving Cars Get Good Navigation on the Cheap

Researchers are making rapid progress in developing systems designed to give cars ever more autonomy . The benefits are myriad; and some, like making a dramatic reduction in the tens of thousands of traffic fatalities that occur each year, are priceless. Still, automakers are loathe to add new, costly components without a clear sense of how the additions will justify a higher sales price. Researchers, keenly aware that every penny counts, are looking for ways to cut the cost of making cars smarter. One example is a new software system from a team at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor that allows a car to see its surroundings and determine its location using a single video camera instead of several laser scanners. Lidar, the three-dimensional laser scanning technology used to create real-time maps of a car’s environment that are compared with pre-drawn maps, does the j...

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