Students to test driverless car

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Ten engineering and computer science students from across the country and Puerto Rico will test if their driverless car works Tuesday on the University of Arizona's campus. Two of the participants are students in Arizona.

The junior and senior undergraduates were selected from a pool of 70 applicants to take part in the 10-week summer National Science Foundation Research Experience.

The driverless car, or Cognitive and Autonomous Test (CAT) vehicle, is a hybrid Ford Escape equipped with a number of sensors. The students will test if it can move up to 10 miles per hour for about 150 feet by itself.

Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle, U of A electrical and computer engineering professor, is leading the project.

"This project opened up the world of complex systems, such as autonomous cars, to undergraduate students and gave them insight into societal-scale engineering problems," Dr. Sprinkle.

The demonstration will take place in UA parking lot #3039 from 8:30 a.m. To 10:30 a.m. However, KMSB will get a sneak peak of the driverless car driving itself during the FOX 11 Daybreak show starting at 7:00 a.m.