A large group of people in the lab are working on an autonomous vehicle. Although the vehicle does not have any where near the type of sensors that the google car uses, it is still pretty expensive. An impressive idea from some Australian students was to use the sensors of a phone to drive the car. Combining the gps of the phone with its camera, the students seem to have made a working prototype. There is not much in terms of great video footage of the car moving, but the idea does seem promising.
A team of information and communications technology students from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, may have found one way already — using smartphone technology.
Their prototype car, about the size of a toy pedal car, has a smartphone mounted on the front and uses several of the phone’s features for autonomous driving. The phone’s camera identifies the lanes, while the phone’s GPS is used for navigation.
The team, whose members include Tommi Sullivan, Michael Lennon, and Yukito Tsunoda, won a Queensland iAward for their creation. The award honors cutting-edge technology innovations.
“A normal unmanned vehicle would usually use a camera or a different sensor or a Ladar on the top, but the uniqueness in this car is that most of the sensors are used from the mobile phone,” Sullivan said.
Added Tsunoda, “Our ultimate goal is to implement our program and drive the car in the public environment, and we hope to one day see people using their smartphone to drive their cars in a real-life situation.”