MSU Researchers Develop Self Driving, Off Road Electric Car

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Most self driving projects tend to focus on urban areas, and almost all of them focus on paved roads. But researchers and students from Mississippi State University are looking beyond roads with their recently unveiled "Halo Project" self-driving car. The modified Subaru Forester barely resembles the original car, as the researchers ripped out the whole drive train and replaced it with an electric one. Nvidia provided the brains for self driving, while four LiDAR sensors and stereo cameras let it make sense of the world. A custom suspension, special transmission, and 4 motors that reportedly provide about 7000 lb-feet of torque are part of the car. Interestingly, New Atlas pointed out that Land Rover is working on a similar project, and the site has some great images that aren't on the University's page.

"Less than one percent of the Earth is paved, so we needed a vehicle that could be a capable development and test platform both on- and off-road. The Halo Project vehicle is all-wheel drive with tons of wheel torque from its four independent electric motors. This allows us to do research on topics like self-driving cars, even in rugged environments." The supercar, a modified Subaru Forrester, utilizes an on-board NVIDIA supercomputer that allows the vehicle to navigate on and off-road terrain without human intervention. MSU recently acquired property that CAVS will use to house an autonomous vehicle test track. CAVS also is developing the MSU Autonomous Vehicle Simulation platform.


This made me think of that Top Gear Episode with the self driving truck. They raced it against a Range Rover, IIRC.
 
Well hell, soon there will be no place you can hide from being ran overed by a autonomous man slaughtering vehicles. neither the right aways nor the fields and the forest will be safe from getting ran-overed.
and im sure their will be people blaming the hiker for failing to yield rightaway when he is crushed for being confused as a bush or was inappropriately wearing camouflage in the path of this death machine.
Maybe if this thing takes out a few cubscouts while roasting marshmallows at camp Kookamunga, then we will learn
 
Well hell, soon there will be no place you can hide from being ran overed by a autonomous man slaughtering vehicles. neither the right aways nor the fields and the forest will be safe from getting ran-overed.
and im sure their will be people blaming the hiker for failing to yield rightaway when he is crushed for being confused as a bush or was inappropriately wearing camouflage in the path of this death machine.
Maybe if this thing takes out a few cubscouts while roasting marshmallows at camp Kookamunga, then we will learn


LOL, ok for a second I thought you were serious. But then I said.. This sounds like an SNL rant.. so well done!

On another note... Can't we keep the robot drivers to on road? I mean the only real application for this platform would be for weapons deployment... and that's scary.
 
So what happens when the vehicle gets stuck in the mud ? Will it allow someone to take control of the vehicle to get out? Or will it be able to analyze the terrain to determine the water saturation level to deem it cross-able?
Autonomous vehicle in the off road is an interesting concept.
 
so.. we are getting back to the original darpa request for autonomous vehicles from years ago. LOL
 
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