Is the Phone Enough?

When Jack Dorsey first conceived of the payments company Square, he realize that the smartphone was, in fact, a supercomputer. That computing power obviated the need for cash registers.

I wonder if something similar will happen with self-driving cars.

For the moment, the focus of self-driving cars is on powerful computational devices, sometimes liquid-cooled, in the trunk of a car. This is especially important for GPU-based systems, which are the backbone of deep learning.

But what if we can get the computational needs of a car to run on a smartphone? Or an array of smartphones?

The video capability is there. The accelerometer is there. Can we streamline the computations to the point that the compute power is there?

That would truly enable self-driving cars for the masses.