College students have wrapped up a summer-long project on self-driving cars by remotely driving an autonomous vehicle on the University of Arizona campus.
A dozen undergrads came to Tucson from across the country for 10 weeks of coding, experimentation and data analysis. The final test was a demonstration drive to experience how an autonomous vehicle actually works. The UA's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provided the car for the summer class.
Daniel Fishbein, a physics student from New Hampshire, said the experience of programming and driving an autonomous car made him excited about the future of self-driving technology.
"They drive themselves to do various tasks, that's super cool to me," said Fishbein. "I also got a really good insight into what grad school looks like, what the research process looks like, and how research is done."
Students piloted the car around a marked zone in a parking lot on the UA campus. The project gave them a rare chance test their theories and then use the car to see them in action.