WIT students create self-driving robot car in just 12 weeks

By David tucker

Published 09/06/2016 | 00:00

From left: James Whelan, WIT Automotive Lecturer, Mark Ormsby, Castledermot, Micheal Wall, Ballinamult, Jenny Ball, Tramore, Adrian Cunningham, WIT Automotive Lecturer, Adrian Skowron, New Ross, Mark Dungan, Mullinavat, Mark MacManus, Waterford City, Shane Shortiss, Carrick on Suir, James Doughty, New Ross, Jason Berry, WIT Electronic Engineering Lecturer.
From left: James Whelan, WIT Automotive Lecturer, Mark Ormsby, Castledermot, Micheal Wall, Ballinamult, Jenny Ball, Tramore, Adrian Cunningham, WIT Automotive Lecturer, Adrian Skowron, New Ross, Mark Dungan, Mullinavat, Mark MacManus, Waterford City, Shane Shortiss, Carrick on Suir, James Doughty, New Ross, Jason Berry, WIT Electronic Engineering Lecturer.

Eight engineering students at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), two of them from New Ross, recently achieved a first for the Applied Robotics Lab with a Self Driving Robotic Car.

After just 12 weeks of working on the project students on the one-year BEng in Electronic Engineering, an add on course for the two-year Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronic Engineering had a Toyota Corolla safely finish a test drive on the institute's Cork Road campus.

The students are part of the WIT School of Engineering Applied Electronics Stream, a study pathway that allows a student to get an honours degree in Applied Electronics without the prerequisite of Higher Level Maths.

'Achieving the 'White Board to Self Drive Car' project in 12 weeks, eight WIT Electronic Engineering students have proven that anything is possible, if you keep moving forward,' said lecturer Jason Berry, the Lead Engineer in WIT's Applied Robotics Lab.

'One of the coolest sounds we have ever heard on a project was listening to the car increasing revs as its gets ready to go,' said Jason.

A video of the initial test drive is also available on www.wit.ie/selfdrivecar2016 and WIT social media accounts.

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