The Dynamic Design Lab's autonomous electric DeLorean, MARTY, repeatedly executes a highly dynamic figure 8 drifting maneuver. During the rapid transitions between +/- 40 degrees of drift angle, the vehicle steers lock-to-lock in about a second, reaching yaw rates as high as 120 deg/s. By studying how to control a vehicle in these extreme situations, the researchers are helping to make autonomous vehicles safer.
This video of MARTY doing a 'cassette-tape' maneuver was first presented at the AVEC conference in Beijing, on July 17, 2018.
Dr. Chris Gerdes speaks about meaningful work, the difficulties of being a grad student, and what he looks for in his student assistants.
By testing the physical limits of speeding cars, Stanford engineers hope to develop safer autonomous driving systems. Shelley nears speeds of 120 mph as it tears around a racetrack. See the Stanford News article for more information.
Stanford engineers built an autonomous DeLorean capable of stable, precise drifting at large angles in order to study how cars perform in extreme situations, which could ultimately guide the development of autonomous safety protocols. Please see the article for more information.