Driverless shuttle project puts UM-Dearborn on front lines of autonomous revolution

Engineering students at UM-Dearborn are busy suping up a passenger transport van with the systems it will need for an autonomous makeover.

The many bells and whistles include a series of optical cameras and radar systems that serve as the vehicle’s “perception” system and a shoebox-sized supercomputer “brain” that can process 300 teraflops of information per second.

“Our industry sponsors are bringing all kinds of sensors and systems that aren’t even on the market yet,” said Sridhar Lakshmanan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Nobody but the big guys normally gets to see this stuff, and now it’s all right here in our labs.”

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