Meet the Robot That Can Drive Your Car

Live Science — The future of autonomous vehicles may be a portable robot that can fit inside a handheld suitcase before taking its place in the driver’s seat.

A new autonomous driving system developed at Ben-Gurion University, called IVO (short for intelligent vehicle operator), uses a handful of cameras, simple motion sensors and a few mechanical devices to depress the brakes and turn the steering wheel.

The system compensates for its relatively simple sensors with highly sophisticated computer algorithms, says Oded Yechiel, a graduate student in BGU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who helped develop the system.