Smart High Schooler Is Smarter Than Google, Wins Intel Science Fair

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Ionut Budisteanu is smart, really smart. Through his wits and hard work, he's created a system for self-driving cars that not only competes with Google's, it's also a whole lot cheaper. For his efforts, he's just been awarded a $75,000 scholarship from Intel.

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Budisteanu's system works by using webcams to identify objects in its path, rather than using high-resolution 3D radar. It's still got a low-resolution radar to identify things like buildings and such, but the cameras handle the grunt work of identifying potential hazards like people or a ball in the road.

The new camera setup should also cost only $4,000, as opposed to the $75,000 that Google's costs. That should bring the cost way down for the average consumer, and may even make Google's own plan of self-driving car tech available in five years more plausible, however it is that you feel about it.

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Here's a video of Budisteanu, who hails from Romania (America #2! America #2!), receiving his award for coming in first place in the Intel Science Fair:

He looks so happy.

Photo credit: Scott Schrantz

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TexasEdition
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Dammit.

Good for him. But, dammit.