Robot Enthusiast Reveals The Inspiration Behind The Driverless Car

Aug 22, 2016 05:25 AM EDT | Eve C.


Today is the generation that all things could be possible. A driverless car? Well, that was a dream in the past until robot enthusiast Anthony Levandowski made it a reality.

The tech world owes the driverless car to the genius engineers who were behind the idea and Levandowski is one of them. According to his interview, it all started when he got a call from his mother.

"My mom called me up and said, there's this robot race it would be interesting for you to find out about," he told The Guardian. The outlet noted that his mom was referring to the 2004 Grand Challenge, the first of three long distance contests for driverless cars organized by the Pentagon's research arm, Darpa.

"I was like wow, this is absolutely the future," Levandowski added. Hence, he built a team of tech-savvy and clever engineers from the University of California to create the "Ghostrider."

Notably, the very first driverless car that he created consists of a modified 90 cc Yamaha motorbike. Levandowski made sure that the invention will be able to balance and ride itself using motion sensors, video cameras, and GPS.

Unfortunately, the "Ghostrider" did not make it to the finals. This prompted the inventor to self-study and create a thorough experiment which lasts for about 12 years.

However, the hard work has definitely paid off. Anthony Levandowski will be selling his very own driverless car to Uber- which announced that the vehicle will start picking up passengers in Pittsburgh later this month, reports Bloomberg.

"In 30 years, every single new car will be autonomous. That's completely obvious," the engineer added. In the long run, they will continue to develop the product so it will cater to the needs of the future.

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