Saving time while advancing technology is always a good idea. Several research groups working with self driving, or autonomous cars as they are more widely known in the tech world, and video games to build a datastore of information that will help vehicles navigate their way through daily life.
Artificial intelligence computer systems requires some base knowledge, although they can increase stored data exponentially they still will need a starting point to build smart algorithms.
A few teams have come up with the innovative idea of using the popular video game franchise grand theft auto to create such a datastore of information.
To save time mapping real life objects, the teams have used existing data and their own custom analysis tool to map objects in the game for use with autonomous vehicles.