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Singapore’s self-driving car makes Google’s version an unnecessary luxury #TechinAsia #Recap

While Google may be hogging internet traffic with news of its self-driving cars, the reality is that they are forbiddingly expensive. The system, which is mounted onto a conventional car and uses cutting-edge 3D laser sensors, costs between $75,000 to $85,000 each – more than the car itself. Now, a team in Singapore has successfully developed their own self-driving car prototype at under half the cost – just S$30,000 ($23,500) for two off-the-shelf Lidar sensors and an onboard computer which are mounted onto a conventional vehicle. That’s like a Toyota to Google’s Mercedes Benz, figuratively speaking. The team, comprising of 12 researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART ), hopes to bring the cost down to S$10,000 ($7,800) eventually. “What we’re trying to do is to forget the top-of-the-line ...

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