DURA Self Parking 2016

OSU Control and Intelligent Transportation Research Laboratory members are collaborating with DURA Automotive Systems, a Tier 1 supplier, in developing advanced safety and autonomy solutions. Having worked on a prototypical Lane Departure Warning safety system with DURA in 2014 and early 2015, OSU researchers are currently building an automated valet solution for completely driverless parking. The developed system will automate the steps from valet drop-off to valet pick-up in a conventional parking scenario, navigating and parking into a parking spot (head-in, tail-in, or parallel parking) fully autonomously, and coming back to pick up the driver when commanded from a mobile app. The current development vehicle, using OSU software algorithms to plan and follow paths and observing its environment for safe navigation, will be demonstrated at ITS America Annual Meeting in California this summer.

OSU SMOOTH Automated Shuttles 2015

Researchers at the Center for Automotive Research are developing smartphone-compatible transit systems that would allow users to summon automated, driverless vehicles to ride to their final destination. The researchers aim to provide passengers — especially those with limited mobility — more transportation choices when moving between their inital and final points of travel, often termed the “first mile, last mile” issue. In a successful real-world execution, such projects are expected to create more jobs, optimize public transit efficiency, and reduce the number of driver-related accidents, traffic jams and high fuel emmisions in “smart cities.”

DARPA Urban Challange 2007

In 2007, DARPA organized the next iteration of its autonomous vehicle competitions, the Urban Challenge 2007. This event involved fully autonomous driving in a city environment with other vehicles, intersections, traffic rules and parking. The video is from the final qualification events held in Victorville, CA in late October 2007. The vehicle, named ACT (Autonomous City Transport), can be seen to find a gap in moving traffic at a stop-sign intersection, and merge into the traffic to follow the road fully autonomously, with no one on board.

DARPA Grand Challenge 2005

For DARPA Grand Challenge 2005, OSU researchers built a smaller off-road vehicle that is capable of navigating a desert course fully autonomously. This video shows portions of the testing done as part of the overall development, conducted at Transportation Research Center. The people in the vehicle are watching the systems and making sure the vehicle is performing within design and safety parameters, while the vehicle, named ION (Intelligent Off-road Navigator), drives itself through an off-road course with small hills and sharp curves.

DARPA Grand Challenge 2004

This video shows our autonomous truck going through qualification tests for DARPA Grand Challenge 2004 in Nevada. OSU researchers designed and implemented the autonomous (driverless) navigation systems of the vehicle. In this particular video, there are no people on board, and the vehicle can be seen driving down the off-road track, sensing the bushes blocking its path, and deciding to swerve around the bushes without any human intervention.


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