finally the day has arrived! It happened one October 21, 2015. Marty McFly traveled to the future in a DeLorean DMC-12 in the second installment of a movie that marked our childhoods, Back to the Future. If Marty McFly back to the future this afternoon, you will find that there are no cars or tables flying (the Lexus has been a good attempt, but a project unfeasible in terms of both economic, and technical). Maybe that was the reason why Chris Gerdes, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, and their students, they decided to give a surprise to Marty Back to the Future. A surprise that it is none other than a DeLorean self-contained, we able to make tops without human intervention!
The DeLorean has received a transformation that happens by the use of two electric motors and a system of actuators allows the logic of self-sustaining operation make skidding with grace, without human intervention.
The show is served. The team at Stanford, told with the help of Renovo Motors (a start-up which works on the development of electric sports) and decided to apply the technologies in your hand, as the actuators of steering, acceleration and braking, to create a DeLorean self-contained – certainly – not supposed to allow you to travel without driving, but at least burning wheel with grace and we have been pleased to the morning, on a day so special like this.
If you were wondering, this DeLorean has also suffered another kind of major changes. You will not need plutonium, or a capacitor fluzo to work. The DeLorean prepared by Stanford and Renovo will have a mechanical power, with two engines and transmissions to provide the distribution of power is optimal in each moment and to facilitate manoeuvres such as these.
what’s next? it Seems that this DeLorean does not want to stay in a “birthday gift” to celebrate this 21st of October 2015 and that will continue to improve their autonomous skills to make it actually function as a human drivers.