TECHNOLOGY THAT CHANGES LIVES
The human/machine interface
This was possible thanks to a project called the Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) which modified a 2014 Corvette C7 ‘Stingray’ so a qualified quadriplegic driver could safely operate it under racetrack conditions. The SAM project will help inspire disabled people to realize they can be more independent with the help of technology and will be of crucial importance for a new generation of mobility and safety technologies.
What We Did
Interface & guidance system provider
Schmidt still has the ability to move his head, which allowed the Ball team to convert the driver’s head movements into computer code to steer, speed up and slow down the car. An infrared camera mounted in the car, and sensors placed on headgear worn by Schmidt, tracked the angle and movements of his head while a bite sensor device allowed him to slow the car down.
How It Works
Part of a bigger effort
SAM is part of a wider company effort to explore human-machine teaming approaches that range from fully autonomous systems with no human input to minimally autonomous systems with primarily human inputs. Beyond empowering disabled people, these capabilities have both commercial and government applications.
The SAM Project Team
- AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
- ARROW ELECTRONICS
- BALL AEROSPACE & TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
- FALCI ADAPTIVE MOTORSPORTS
- SCHMIDT PETERSON MOTORSPORTS