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Sanford and Renovo unveil an electric-powered, self-driving DeLorean that can drift like a pro

By midian182
Oct 21, 2015
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  1. To coincide with ‘Back To The Future Day’ - October 21, 2015, being the date Marty McFly visited in Back To The Future II – engineers at the Revs Program at Stanford have unveiled MARTY, a self-driving, electric DeLorean.

    The University students teamed up with electric car startup Renovo Motors to develop MARTY, short for Multiple Actuator Research Testbed for Yaw control, as part of an experiment to see how autonomous vehicles handle the most extreme driving situations. “We think automated vehicles should be able to execute any maneuver within the physical limits of the vehicle to get out of harm’s way,” explained Chris Gerdes, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, to Wired.

    Students had their work cut out for them just getting the 1981 vehicle to run smoothly. They added a new power steering system, coil springs, roll cage and independent electric motors at every wheel. Renovo supplied the DeLorean's electric engine which can theoretically generate up to 500 horsepower.

    Being an experiment in handling rather than situational awareness, the DeLorean uses GPS mapping as opposed to the radar or cameras found in Google and Tesla’s autonomous vehicles, so it isn’t equipped for public road use.

    As you can see in the video, engineers have been teaching the DeLorean to drift like a pro. “The sublime awesomeness of riding in a DeLorean that does perfect, smoke-filled doughnuts by itself is a mind-bending experience that helps you appreciate that we really are living in the future,” Jonathan Goh, one of the Stanford engineers, said in a statement.

    Gerdes pointed out that drifting would work as a tool that autonomous cars could use to avoid accidents. The team is using MARTY to explore how autonomous cars can maintain control at the limits of handling, and ultimately hopes the car will be able to participate in a drifting competition with a human driver.

    "A drift competition is the perfect blend of our two most important research questions -- how to control the car precisely and how to design automated vehicles that interact with humans," Gerdes said.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,548   +2,894

    *yawn*
     
  3. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 303   +59

    I weep for this.

    And is this Stanford or Sanford?
     
  4. “The sublime awesomeness of riding in a DeLorean that does perfect, smoke-filled doughnuts by itself is a mind-bending experience that helps you appreciate that we really are living in the future,” Jonathan Goh

    I'm sorry but he is wrong,being in a car that is doing proper drifts with a human pro is a hell of a lot better than some computer.
     
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  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,330

    This... is a tragedy. There's no other way to describe it.

    I will save this thread with a video of Chris Harris demonstrating the drift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LpPc8qutCA
     
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  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,148   +1,421

  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    I'd still take a broken 440 powered '67 Plymouth GTX over a John Z. DeLorean vanity project any day of the week.
     
  8. sT3V3

    sT3V3 TS Rookie

    Seems like a waste...

    How about a 2WD electric version rocking a ali chassis for consumers?
     
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    It kinda kills the fun and removes the adrenaline rush.
     
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Stage 2 is to reduce costs, carbon footprint, insurance expenses, and the need to venture outside at all.
    Force feedback seat (energy drink cupholder and potato chip dispenser sold seperately) + VR glasses
     
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    I agree. That way you can enjoy yourself and if you stuff it up, there's no one to laugh, Jeer and boo at you. I'm doing my bit for road safety by driving on the sidewalks thesedays. :D
     
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    You would be well suited for life in Napier, New Zealand- where I live if that truly was the case. Tourist town for half the year, so it's populated with people unused to right-hand drive road use, drunk OE twenty-somethings driving rent-a-wreck's, retirees ("I can do anything I damn please! I've paid my taxes for fifty years!"), and bored drunk local teens whose driving and social skills were honed on the GTA franchise and torrents of Death Race 2000.
     
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