UNO student makes his own self-driving car

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A UNO student is tracking down the future one mile at a time after building a self-driving car.

At first glance Brevan Jorgenson's Honda Civic doesn't look like a car of the future, but we take a closer look.

"So this triangle right here is the Honda installed camera, this is what Honda uses to determine if the car is inside the lanes, this box right here is the camera that drives the car,” Jorgenson told WOWT 6 News.

He says for less than $1,000, and after watching a couple of YouTube videos, he was able to upgrade the Honda to drive on its own.

“To have everything off the steering wheel and the brakes it's really a, it's a weird feeling but you get used to it,” he said.

A green line seen on a monitor inside the car tracks the intentional path the car will travel. Two outer green lines mark the lanes. A red cross acts as a marker for the radar that pinpoints the vehicle ahead. It will adjust speed accordingly to avoid a crash.

The self-driving car has a 6 minute timer for safety reasons – to avoid distracted driving. The features also allow you to take control immediately by putting your hands back on the wheel. If you want full control, you can tap the brake.

In the end, Jorgenson hopes this technology will be used to make rush hour traffic flow more smoothly and decrease the number of traffic accidents.

“So there's a lot of safety features that come with self-driving car systems,” he said.

Jorgenson said the self-drive camera system records video with the software is engaged. It's saved on an external server.