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Udupi engineering students develop driverless car
Mangalore , June 15
TRAVELLING in a driverless car, which was possible only in movies till now, is possible in real life also, say final year engineering students of Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology (NMAMIT) at Nitte in Udupi district.
A team of final year students of Electronics and Communication Department - Mr Sandeep Bantwal, Mr Arvind Rao, Ms Mamatha Saravu and Ms Archana D.G. has used a web camera and a laptop for developing a driverless car.
According to Mr Bantwal, the project Fully Automated Car Technology (FACT), Auto-Drive Ver 1.0 has used artificial intelligence technology for developing this car.
He told Business Line that the web camera and the computer would do the functions of the driver. The camera works as the eyes of a driver, where as the computer software - FACT Algorithm functions as the brain.
Terming their project as unique, he said that the software analyses the image captured by the camera to control the car movement.
Apart from manoeuvring the turns, the car can also overtake other vehicles.
Mr Bantwal said that their project is ideally suited for electric cars.
Though the project model was developed considering the conditions of national highways, it can be modified suitably for other roads also.
The Head of the department, Dr M.K. Parasuram, Mr S.N. Prasad, lecturer, guided them in developing this technology, he added.
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