Sponsored Video: ‘If we’ can make an auto-driving car for just £100

Posted on 21 February 2013 by Tony Santos

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We’re familiar with Google’s ambitious driver-less car for several years now, and as we speak the car has already won approval from US states of Nevada and California to have the car in the road. Apparently, Scientists at Oxford Universtity headed by Paul Newman, developed a self-driving car that can safely take you to your destination while driving in several weather conditions such as snow and rain. These road driving ruggedness can’t be found yet on Google’s self-driving car.

Installed in a Nissan Leaf, an electric car —-the driving system is tested around Oxford University’s private roads. It can take on halt on the road and impressively can make an autopilot-like driving when you’re on traffic or regular road trip. The car system will alert the driver when it’s ready on taking the road on itself, the driver then just need to press an specified button on the screen.

This is a pretty awesome idea, if we can just make the car drive on its own that’s basically less complicated like the one developed by Google. According to Newman statement to The Guardian, “there’s no obvious legal barrier to using it on roads now,” while “It’s essentially an advanced driver assistance system.” It can be installed on existing cars and could possibly cost you  just £100, but getting this system today will trim down your pocket cash by £5,000.

The Nissan Leaf equipped with the driving system was able to record test speed running at up to 40mph. It’s not relying on GPS signals which is unreliable on several places instead they developed a system that uses 3D laser which scans the road forming an accurate map while storing it on a computer system. From that data, the driving system can recognize where its location based from the scanner on the front of the car and compare its surroundings from the rendered map on its system.

The auto-driving system is different from Google’s system which utilizes GPS, laser guidance and mapping service to determine its location and route.This self-driving car system could have won the Dassault Systemes “IF WE” world-changing dreams challenge surely by making a giant leap on driving technology. Imagine how this system can efficiently consume fuels or even lessen the pollution if its environmentally running on electric, lessen car accidents and traffic. The road accidents for example within the UK, more than 2,000 people and in the US more than 30,000 people died in vehicle accidents in 2012. You can preview the details via the video below.

This post is sponsored by Dassault Systemes.

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