MSU’s CAVS Debuts ‘Halo Project’ Supercar in Las VegasOctober 30, 2018
The MSU "Halo Project" vehicle is an all-electric, autonomous SUV with off-road capabilities.
Photo by Beth Wynn
The SUV, an all-electric sport utility vehicle that is pushing the boundaries of autonomous vehicle capabilities, makes its debut Oct. 30-Nov.2 at the 2018 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show.
Designed to function autonomously in off-road environments by an MSU team at the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, the vehicle is built with the latest automotive technology and is paving the way for advancements in a key area with personal, military, agriculture, and search and rescue implications.
CAVS is attending SEMA as a guest of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists. The car will be in booth 1173 at SEMA.
“The Halo Project itself serves as a platform for our researchers to demonstrate their expertise, on a real-world, high-performance vehicle,” said Matthew Doude, CAVS associate director and Halo Project lead. “Less than one percent of the Earth is paved, so we needed a vehicle that could be a capable development and test platform both on- and off-road. The Halo Project vehicle is all-wheel drive with tons of wheel torque from its four independent electric motors. This allows us to do research on topics like self-driving cars, even in rugged environments.”
The supercar utilizes an onboard NVIDIA supercomputer that allows the vehicle to navigate on and off-road terrain without human intervention. MSU recently acquired property that CAVS will use to house an autonomous vehicle test track. CAVS also is developing the MSU Autonomous Vehicle Simulation platform.
“The students and researchers have been working so hard to make this project possible,” said CAVS Executive Director Clay Walden. “I think this car makes an impactful statement about our contribution to the future of autonomy and off-road mobility.”
The project builds on a series of MSU automotive research projects, including the “Car of the Future,” an all-electric hybrid that combines superior efficiency, sporty handling and advanced technological features. MSU student, faculty and staff research teams have long been recognized for excellence in projects like “Car of the Future,” national competitions such as EcoCAR, and other initiatives that have pushed innovation.
The completion of the Halo Project supercar shows the strength and depth of MSU’s research partnerships, Doude said. In addition to students and research faculty, the Halo project team comprises domestic and foreign companies that have successfully partnered with MSU on previous projects and serve a global customer base.
Features of the car include:
CAVS is an interdisciplinary center comprised of research, engineering design and development, as well as technology transfer teams for industry and government partners. For more, visit www.cavs.msstate.edu.
Written by James Carskadon
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