These cars have taken the place of some soldiers on the front lines, preventing them from possibly facing gunfire or confrontations. "By removing the people from the front line, actually you are saving lives," Guterman said.
When asked if the vehicles are outfitted with weapons, Guterman said, "No comment."
The computer system used by the autonomous cars is designed to act like two people. "One is the driver and the other is looking around, and they're connected to one another," Guterman said. The midlevel processing systems that gather data from surveillance cameras works with the upper-level systems to decide whether or not to stop and check out something suspicious, he added.
The cars are usually fully autonomous, running on their own after being programmed to patrol in a certain area, said Gabi Davidson, vice president of marketing at G-NIUS. Occasionally, however, they require further input from remote operators, such as when they run into an unforeseen obstacles or scenario, he added.