Instead, over the past six months the company built software—the brains of a self-driving car, essentially—that harnesses seven Logitech webcams that are mounted on the front of a car, arranged to get a 360-degree view.
While companies like Uber and Google build self-driving cars replete with pricey sensors, Jianxiong Xiao is doing the same thing with some $50 webcams.
To make this happen in a way that’s economical, AutoX is eschewing the standard self-driving car sensors like inertial measurement units, lidar, and differential GPS, which can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Previously an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton, Xiao is the founder and CEO of AutoX, a startup working to make autonomous transportation accessible to everyone.
Now, Xiao said, he imagines a future where kids don’t have to depend on their parents to drive them around, for instance, and can instead summon a self-driving ride.
Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Testing After Tempe, Arizona Crash
Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars is restarting testing today, after a high-speed crash on Friday evening in Tempe, Arizona flipped one of the company’s modified Volvo SUVs onto its side.
After the crash, Uber grounded its fleets, which are also running in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
The Uber was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, with two engineers riding up front.
At the intersection of Don Carlos Drive, the other car, a silver Ford Edge, turned left, striking the Uber Volvo, which had the right of way.
Police say the other (human) driver caused the crash, and was issued a citation for failure to yield while making a left turn.
Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Program After Arizona Crash
Uber resumed its autonomous car pilot program on Monday following an accident in Tempe, Arizona over the weekend.
The ride-hailing app temporarily suspended the program in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Arizona as authorities investigated the crash, the company announced.
A Tempe police spokeswoman told Business Insider that the Uber car was not responsible for the crash and the other vehicle was cited for a moving violation.
And an autonomous vehicle operated by Google struck a bus last year in California.
The accident caused no serious injuries and involved only one Uber vehicle.
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