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Princeton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Imagine a world where you are chauffeured to whatever destination your heart desires every day! Then imagine being chauffeured by a computer-- instead of by a human being. At Princeton University, students are experimenting to create the ultimate driverless machine.

Under the direction of Princeton Professor Alain Kornhauser, engineering and mathematics students are working to perfect driverless vehicles in order to make them practical and efficient. Currently, the project is being driven by the Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering club, or PAVE. Kornhauser says there are multiple benefits in the real world.

“[Imagine] There’s no congestion in New Jersey, without having to build any new roads… plus if you can get the average vehicle occupancy up to two which I think we can, guess what that does to energy consumption? It cuts it in half,” Kornhauser said.

The big automakers, plus Google and Tesla, are all experimenting with driverless cars. Some of the self-driving vehicles are already road-worthy, and have been displayed at trade shows. Experts predict it may be up to ten years before these cars become commercially viable. The biggest obstacles are laws and regulations. New Jersey is among the states to begin considering legislation that would establish rules and guidelines for autonomous vehicles.


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