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October 4, 2022
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Romanian pupil awarded American prize

Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania was awarded first place for using artificial intelligence to create a viable model for a low-cost, self-driving car at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Ionut said his research addresses a major global issue. In 2004, car accidents caused 2.5 million deaths worldwide1, and 87 percent of crashes resulted from driver error2. With 3-D radar and mounted cameras, Ionut created a feasible design for an autonomously controlled car that could detect traffic lanes and curbs, along with the real-time position of the car – and it would only cost $4,000. He received the Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist. This year, approximately 1,600 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. On his Facebook page, Education Minister Remus Pricopie congratulated Budisteanu for the two distinctions awarded to him.

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