Researchers showcase autonomous car in Las Vegas

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Graduate student researchers Carlos Wang (left) and Ian Colwell track operation of the Renesas sedan during testing in StratfordExpertise in autonomous vehicles has taken a team led by three Waterloo Engineering professors from a snow-covered parking lot in Stratford to a demonstration course in sunny Las Vegas.

More than 25 researchers from Waterloo are at the high-profile Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week to help showcase a highly automated car developed by Renesas Electronics America in collaboration with numerous partners.

Key contributions by the Waterloo team included a framework architecture of computer programs to enable the modified Lincoln MKZ to operate autonomously and safety mechanisms such as a pull-over feature in the event of a system failure.

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