Date

6-2013

Degree Name

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Charles Birdsong

Abstract

A steering controlled, autonomous collision avoidance system has been developed by California Polytechnic State University. This system represents a step in the direction of fully autonomous driving, while allowing the driver to maintain control of the vehicle during normal driving conditions. In the case of an imminent collision, the system removes control of the vehicle from the user and autonomously steers around the obstacles. The final system is able to avoid two static obstacles with a 95% pass rate and one moving obstacle with a 50% pass rate. With full scale, fleet wide, implementation of this system it is expected that each year up to 7,222 lives could be saved and over 60,000 injuries prevented. This decrease in the number of injuries and fatalities would produce a net yearly savings of up to $132 Billion per year.