CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On Thursday, small cars were racing around a track, but they weren't toys. They're special one-tenth scale models that are thinking for themselves.
The new Cyber Link lab at the University of Virginia School of Engineering is a 17,000-square foot space, occupying the top floor of the Olsson building.
The aim of the lab is to connect the cyber and physical worlds in three ways: smart cities, smart health and autonomous systems.
Computer scientist Dr. Madhur Behl says his aim is to create a car that reads the road and avoids trouble spots.
"What it is doing it is able to figure out its environment, all on its own without any external localization," he said. "It's thinking for itself."
The lab is also testing self-thinking drones that can track vehicles and decide what to do next without a human operator.
The developer of the self-thinking car says don't expect this application to be available soon. However, you should see a regular size vehicle on the road in about 10 years.