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Teen takes Google’s self-driving car and makes it $71,000 cheaper

As much as we know they now exist, as much legislation that has actually been penned over them, self-driving cars still feel like science fiction. They at least feel like something that must have been invented by ancient scientific minds, those heavy with the weight of experience and failure. So it becomes even more mind-boggling to realize that, on Friday, a 19-old-year high-schooler was given an award for developing an artificial intelligence that will dramatically lower the cost of self-driving cars.
Ionut Budisteanu, the Romanian teenager who’s $75,000 richer thanks to the award, wanted to find a way to get rid of Google’s high resolution 3-D radar. He said Google didn’t worry about cost while developing the technology, and the high-res 3-D radar was the most expensive part. Without it, the cars would be far cheaper.

 DVICE

Teen takes Google’s self-driving car and makes it $71,000 cheaper

As much as we know they now exist, as much legislation that has actually been penned over them, self-driving cars still feel like science fiction. They at least feel like something that must have been invented by ancient scientific minds, those heavy with the weight of experience and failure. So it becomes even more mind-boggling to realize that, on Friday, a 19-old-year high-schooler was given an award for developing an artificial intelligence that will dramatically lower the cost of self-driving cars.

Ionut Budisteanu, the Romanian teenager who’s $75,000 richer thanks to the award, wanted to find a way to get rid of Google’s high resolution 3-D radar. He said Google didn’t worry about cost while developing the technology, and the high-res 3-D radar was the most expensive part. Without it, the cars would be far cheaper.

DVICE

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