Researchers at Florida Polytechnic University’s Advanced Mobility Institute will use a custom autonomous vehicle to carry out practical tests on campus. The hardware-focused research project will use a self-driving sedan equipped with sophisticated electronics and has a drive-by-wire system.
The vehicle’s first tests will be conducted on Polytechnic Circle, the road encircling the university campus. Inside a new simulation lab, researchers can emulate driving conditions and test the accuracy of a car’s programming. The lab’s equipment includes advanced computers, connected to two lifelike driving simulators, as well as racing seats, steering wheels, pedals, and large monitor screens. The facility was partially funded by the National Science Foundation, who provided Florida Polytechnic with a $350,000 grant for it.