Meet the 22-year-old college dropout who wants to power every future self-driving car

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Transportation Systems / /

Your 22 years old, in college and you see the future is happening right in front of you. What do you do? Do you stay in school and pursue the education, or do you jump head first into your passion? Tough question for some. With the pace that technology is progressing and the availability of near real-time knowledge and self-help only a click away, it can be a difficult decision.

For Austin Russell, the decision was to follow his passion for developing innovative optoelectronic technologies. He, along with cofounder Jason Eichenholz have raised $36 million from venture capitalists and have been developing a system that enables autonomous cars to see further out, some 200 meters (~650 ft). This technology is a laser-based radar (Lidar) and produces some fantastical digital images that can then be consumed by the machine intelligence.

Learn more about Austin here.