Romanian Teenager Designs Technology for Autonomous Cars

Learn more about our attorneysOne of the winners of this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair has designed a technology which could prove essential to the development of driverless cars as a viable technology for mass production. Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu, a 19 year old from Romania, developed a technology that replicates the positioning systems that autonomous cars use to detect nearby obstacles to avoid car accidents.

Budisteanu achieved results that are similar to what Google has been able to achieve with its own driverless car projects, using 3D radar and cameras mounted on several areas of the vehicle. The important of the discovery, however, is that, while Google must spend more than $70,000 to implement these systems in each of their vehicles, Budisteanu was able to do this on a relatively cheap budget of only $4000.

This development could have incredibly important implications for the future of driverless cars. While the technology in all of these vehicles is still not perfected to the point that it can be a reliable replacement for human drivers, it is clear from the trajectory of their development that driverless cars will eventually have all the technology necessary to be a safe replacement for human drivers. The biggest issue is pricing: they may be too expensive to become widely available. However, if this breakthrough is applicable to mass-produced vehicles, that could significantly change this equation, potentially saving thousands of lives on American roads in the future.