Mechanical Engineering & Computer Engineering Student Autonomous Car Capstone Project

Mechanical Engineering & Computer Engineering Student Autonomous Car Capstone Project


the CES senior design program is the capstone this class is the culmination and you get exposed to a variety of different techniques in your different classes and then you have to utilize them all in this final project so we were assigned the autonomous vehicle here in early January and then after that we were given weekly checkpoints that we needed to make sure to hit and from there we developed our vehicle I think the hardest thing that we had to do was taking it from a car that does nothing to a car that is even able to go through a hallway by itself without crashing never mind obstacles for us this was a multidisciplinary project it was quite an eye-opening experience just just seeing how everybody else works instead of just mechanical engineers and everything we do I would say the coolest thing out of this whole thing was just seeing it drive for the first time not now it’s avoiding objects boxes direct turning corners it’s really cool as we’ve seen with all the autonomous driving vehicles coming into play it’s almost guaranteed to see my career and all of our careers just be geared towards everything we’ve done here my co-op I actually work on projects very similar to this I work on autonomous vehicles and robots and such for a lot of government projects and the kind of work that I do on these projects is actually very similar to the work that I’ve been doing on this project so this has been great experience for me to help me get more acquainted to my coop and also I was able to feed a lot of the experience for my coop into this project something that we’ve developed here in ten weeks is something that automotive companies have been working for years to develop this one-tenth scale autonomous vehicle gives us a great opportunity because we can rapidly develop these kinds of systems without having to worry about the expensive fees incurred with a hardware development or every time we crash this is kettering bulldog 110 and we are entering mills [Music]


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