A young Algerian engineer has developed a navigation system that allows the vehicle to be fully autonomous. A graduate of Batna University, Ramzi Mosbah used basic means to implement his project. He has received proposals from foreign firms, but says he wants to stay in Algeria to continue his research.
Dozens of car manufacturers and research centres around the world have been working for years on the fully autonomous smart car project (without human intervention).
They are not the only ones, since at Mustapha Ben Boulaïd University in Batna (430 km south of Algiers), a young engineer and his professors are also interested in this problem. Ramzi Mosbah, a student of Aurès, seems to have made great strides on the subject, as shown in this video recently posted on YouTube.
Interviewed by Sputnik, Ramzi Mosbah says that his system ensures total autonomy for the vehicle. His first work was to develop software that allows an automobile to follow the lines drawn on the tracks as well as other cars.
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In a second phase, the engineer introduced a safety module that checks the driver’s concentration.
In case of fatigue or lack of attention of the motorist, the system takes control of the vehicle, slows down and automatically parks it on the aisle.
“This autonomous navigation system detects all movements as well as traffic conditions thanks to on-board cameras. The software then processes the data and transfers the information to an electronic box that in turn controls the vehicle with mechanical levers. Another webcam transmits the driver’s condition to the program,” explains Ramzi Mosbah.
With no budget to buy cameras and sophisticated equipment, the engineer had to work with very limited means.
Ramzi Mosbah’s journey is as interesting as his research project. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he enrolled in the department of computer science at batna University. “Actually, I wasn’t very attracted to the classes. I was a truck driver and I preferred to spend most of my time at work,” he says.
After missing two years in school, he managed to obtain a bachelor’s degree. For his master’s degree, he chose to move towards the “artificial intelligence and multimedia” sector. His vision of studies then changed, in contact with his teachers.
“I discovered the quality of the faculty and their attention to the students. They motivated me to work and redouble my efforts. In my second year, I was fortunate to have as my tutor Dr. Larbi Guezouli, who is an international reference. He helped me a lot with my master’s thesis on assisted navigation systems,” he notes.
Professor Guezouli encourages his student to write a book, Driving Assistance System. They are also collaborating on an article, Road obstacle detection,which was published by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an international organization that has supported scientific research and computer innovation since 1947.
In July 2019, the young engineer participates in the International Conference on Future Networks and Distributed Systems (ICFNDS), held in Paris. But Ramzi Mosbah regrets the lack of interest of Algerian companies in his research.
“I offered my services to the car manufacturers who are operating in Algeria. Some laughed at me and others threw my CV in my face. This is a very sad situation as I have received several offers to work abroad. The boss of a German company that develops software for an international group read my book and recently asked me to join his team. I was also contacted by a Japanese company that specializes in designing smart kitchens.”
But the engineer refuses to leave his country. “I want to stay in Batna with my family. I am fortunate to be surrounded by professors who are internationally recognized and who have also made the choice to remain in Algeria.” He prefers to focus on the new phase of his work, which is to allow the vehicle to go from point A to point B by simply introducing GPS coordinates.
Ramzi Mosbah assures that this is only the beginning because his research can be used in many fields of activity.