Romanian student has developed a budget system for unmanned vehicles




Romanian student has developed a budget system for unmanned vehicles


While companies such as Google, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen are investing millions of dollars in the development of self-managing technology vehicles with complex and expensive internal components , a 19-year-old Romanian student developed a system of unmanned vehicle that costs as little as $ 4,000 (from Google, it is worth 100,000) . Through his work Ionut Budistanu (the name of the winner) won the competition Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’s most prestigious awards Gordon E. Moore Award and the top prize of $ 75,000 dollars.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the largest academic competition among students throughout the world. This year, participation has taken about 1,600 students from 433 different educational institutions from more than 70 countries around the world, and the total prize pool of over $ 4 million.

Budistanu said, the essence of his work is to abandon the expensive three-dimensional high-resolution radar, which, for example, is a key component of self-cars Google, and replacing it on the cheap three-dimensional radar lower resolution, which nevertheless is able to recognize large objects such as cars, buildings and trees. The rest of the work will take the low-cost web cameras that will monitor road markings and the current position of the vehicle on the road.

Obtained with a three-dimensional radar and webcams information will be processed by the computer, which will then be routed safe route.


Such a system has successfully passed the penalty in 47 cases out of 50. In the three unsuccessful cases, the computer does not recognize some of the people at a distance of 20 to 30 meters from the car. However maker sure that the improved (but still cheaper than Google) radar higher resolution can rectify the situation.

This design has an interest in one of the Romanian companies that decided to sponsor further work on the construction of an improved prototype.

Another winner at the scientific event was 18-year-old Isha Kare from California (USA). She was awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a prize of 50,000 dollars for the development of a small device that is installed inside the battery of your mobile phone and allows you to fully charge it for 20-30 seconds . In addition, this technology can significantly reduce the time to recharge electric vehicles .

Another award in the amount of 50,000 dollars was 17-year-old Henry Lin of Louisiana, which has developed simulation models of thousands of clusters of galaxies, and opened new fields for scientists to study dark matter, dark energy and the principles of cooling and heating of the largest objects in the universe.

In total more than 500 finalists in the various categories were awarded various awards and prizes. 17 best of them also received prizes of $ 5000 dollars, and the schools they represented, – grants of $ 1 thousand dollars.
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