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Autonomous Cars Patrol Israeli Border

Autonomous Cars Patrol Israeli Border

March 19, 2013

Homeland & Cyber Security

Driverless vehicles are patrolling Israel’s borders and keeping soldiers out of harm’s way – thanks to technology developed at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

“By removing the people from the front line, actually you are saving lives,” says Prof. Hugo Guterman, the founding director of BGU’s Laboratory for Autonomous Robotics, and a member of the University’s Homeland Security Institute.

Prof. Guterman helped develop the computer system that controls the cars that have been doing border patrol duty since 2008.

He is currently working on the next generation of autonomous vehicles, called the Tomcar, that will employ an even more sophisticated three-tiered computer program.

“The lowest level controls the car, turning the steering wheel, braking or accelerating. The medium level uses GPS to navigate the terrain, and gathers information from its cameras and sensors.

“The highest level takes this information and ‘decides’ what to do, especially when surprises arise,” says Guterman.