Students from Griffith University in Australia have built a vehicle that uses smartphone sensors to drive itself.
Griffith University students have won an award for designing an automated vehicle controlled by a smartphone at the 2013 Queensland iAwards in Australia. This premier technology awards program is aimed at recognizing the contribution of information and communications technology.
The winning team included Tommi Sullivan, Michael Lennon and Yukito Tsunoda, who have been developing their project at Griffith’s Robotics Lab under the supervision of Dr Jun Jo. Sullivan said:
We think they chose our project for the unique idea of utilising Smartphone technology to guide and steer the car. A normal unmanned vehicle would usually use a camera or a different sensor or a Ladar on the top, but the uniqueness in this car is that most of the sensors are used from the mobile phone.
The team created a small prototype model of the autonomous car and designed some of its components using 3D printer technology. They expect to have a test model on the road in time for the Griffith University Open Day on August 11th so visitors can see it in action.
Their ultimate goal is to see the smartphone-controlled car driven in a public environment. You can see the team and their prototype in the video below: