Sam Deadrick

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

Graduation date: Spring 2019

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FURI | Fall 2018

Fully-actuated self-driving car

The researchers aim to improve an autonomous car’s navigation of complex traffic networks. The research vehicle has independent steering for the front and rear wheels, increasing agility. The autonomous driving system uses cameras, GPS, ultrasonic sensors, and radar to measure the environment. These measurements inform decisions made by onboard computers. The team focuses on detecting variables, like people, cars, and lane boundaries. This autonomous car differentiates itself from others by using a computer to incorporate data from many sensors into an unusual steering system. The next step is finalizing the vehicle’s reaction to data, in order to achieve automatic parking.

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