Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Electrical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Jay Adams

First Reader

Greg Lewis

Second Reader

Dr. Robert Veillette


The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) draws teams from various universities to compete in the annual autonomous vehicle challenge at the Oakland University campus. To compete, a vehicle must be fully autonomous and can navigate a course designated by various obstacles and painted white lines. Some design challenges are motor control, navigation, environment sensing and safety. A complex navigation system will utilize several tools including a high-precision differential GPS. The vehicle’s surroundings will be mapped using a combination of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and computer-vision enabled imaging. To comply with IGVC rules, the vehicle must also follow several safety requirements such as physical and wireless emergency stop, safety lighting, and the ability to assume manual control. By fulfilling these design challenges, the design team is seeking to compete in the 2017 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition.