Big accessories: researchers create a self-driving car guided only by a Galaxy S II
Google has decided to usher us in the world of self-driving cars, or, as Eric Schmidt puts it - "cars are not meant to be driven by humans" - but autonomous vehicles apparently don't require much more than a two-year old smartphone and some ingenuity.
Tommi Sullivan, Michael Lennon and Yukito Tsunoda from the university in Queensland, Australia, are utilizing just the GPS, sensors and camera in a Samsung Galaxy SII for their Smart Phone Automated Car. Check out the result in the video below.
"Our ultimate goal is to implement our program and drive the car in the public environment, and we hope to one day see people using their smartphone to drive their cars in a real-life situation," say the researchers. We are dreaming of the time we'll just slot our phones in the car holder, and it will drive us home after the last night out, saving on the cab fare.