As toys and games become more sophisticated, it might surprise people at how some things work. Take Anki Drive, for example, which uses robotics and artificial intelligence to guide cars around a flat race track. Most racing games have a fixed track with barriers to help maneuver vehicles around and around. However, Anki Drive has no such thing — in fact, the technology rests within the track itself.
Company CEO Boris Sofman penned a post today to share insights into what goes on beneath the track to make racing vehicles so dynamic. In fact, he says that although human eyes can see a layer that outlines the track, the cars contain an infrared light and camera on its undercarriage that scans the track — almost like looking at the Matrix. When it passes over a specific point, it receives information to help it understand their position and to navigate like an expert driver.
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Sofman says data from the track is analyzed approximately 500 times per second.