University of Louisville’s robotics research center has announced it will begin to use artificial intelligence to help build self-driven cars in 2021.
The university has been developing the technology since last year, and is now working on a fully self-aware autonomous vehicle that can drive autonomously for up to 30 minutes without needing a human driver.
The company’s president, John A. McAdams, said at a news conference Tuesday that the self-guided vehicle will be used in research labs across the world and be a key component of the company’s autonomous vehicle roadmap.
“We are not going to be doing it in a vacuum,” McAdams said.
“We’re not going away from that.”
The goal is to develop autonomous vehicles that can run on batteries for up for as long as 30 minutes, he said.
The car will be driven by an autonomous robot, which will then be able to make decisions based on what’s happening around it.
The car will then return to a human to take over the driving duties.
The autonomous system will be able “to do things on its own,” McArthur said.
While autonomous vehicles will likely be used for commercial purposes, McAdams added that IBM’s research team is also developing its own vehicles that are also self-sufficient.
The cars are also being tested on the road and will eventually be used by the company for testing purposes.
The self-racing car is expected to cost $30 million, McArthur estimated.
He said the company is aiming to bring the cost down to $5 million, which he said is a “really exciting cost.”