Self-Driving Vehicle Test at UA


Aug. 4, 2017

Students From Across US to Test Self-Driving Vehicle at UA

  • What: Testing of self-driving CAT vehicle
  • When: 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8. Reporters may request rides in vehicle until 11 a.m.
  • Where: UA parking lot No. 3039, next to the Electrical and Computer Engineering building by Second Street and North Palm Drive

TUCSON, Ariz. — Nine college students from across the United States will put their ideas and tech to the test as they remotely drive the University of Arizona's Cognitive and Autonomous Test, or CAT, vehicle on Tuesday. 

The students — from institutions including Seattle University, Monmouth College, Lipscomb University and Western Colorado State University — are participants in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REU, program, which gives students from diverse backgrounds valuable research opportunities at major U.S. universities. 

"The students have identified important research projects based on their ideas and understanding of needs," said Larry Head, UA professor of systems and industrial engineering and an expert in connected and automated driving vehicle systems. "They have worked very hard to develop and test new theories and technologies for connected and autonomous vehicles and cognitive radios. This is an important part of their development as engineers and researchers." 

Head is hosting this year's REU program with Tamal Bose, professor and head of the UA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, while UA professor Jonathan Sprinkle, creator and host of the UA program since 2013, is on assignment at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. 

The CAT vehicle demonstration is open to the public, and students will be available to discuss their research and experience with the REU program. 


Pete Brown
UA College of Engineering

Larry Head
UA College of Engineering

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