In order to "see" its environment, MIT's Talos is equipped with numerous laser range finders, radar units, Global Positioning Systems, and video cameras, explains Emilio Frazzoli, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and one of the team leaders. The researchers developed novel software - which runs on 10 quad-core computers in the Land Rover's trunk - to make sense of the incoming data and to calculate the car's next move. The 40 processors produce so much heat that the team added an air-conditioning unit to the roof of the car. (See slide show.)http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/19471/
Dear chip makers: If it takes ten
quad core CPUs just to make a car drive itself, then you've been slacking. Get off your lazy butts, and get Moore's Law back on track!