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.
The best way to survive a car accident is to avoid collisions in the first place. Professor Chris Gerdes' engineering students are developing algorithms and pop-up obstacles that could lead to safe autonomous driving.
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Sharing some of the exciting work happening at Stanford around self-driving cars, Professor Chris Gerdes highlights the student-built P1 vehicle and Shelley, an Audi TTS. He emphasizes the importance of safety and the role of the "big red button" as well as issues around ethics -- are self driving vehicles cars, or robots?
Stanford's self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 mph on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better.