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Intelligent Co-Pilot
A new semiautonomous safety system developed by Sterling Anderson, a Ph.D student in MIT?s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Karl Iagnemma, a principal research scientist in MIT?s Robotic Mobility Group, uses an onboard camera and laser rangefinder to identify hazards in a vehicle?s environment. The team devised an algorithm to analyze the data and identify safe zones - avoiding, for example, barrels in a field, or other cars on a roadway. The system allows a driver to control the vehicle, only taking the wheel when the driver is about to exit a safe zone.
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