Mouser Electronics Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, together with Local Motors and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara debuted a video today showing the working build of a transformative vehicle cockpit for a 3D-printed autonomous vehicle. It is the latest series from Mouser’s highly popular Empowering Innovation Together educational program.
The video shows the new vehicle design, which is the inspiration of the winner of a recent global design contest. The new design features a drone mounted on the rear of the vehicle that, when launched, gives the driver an unprecedented birds-eye view of the surroundings while the car is in self-driving mode. The driver can then watch the drone’s footage on the windshield via a viewing screen, giving the driver a 360-degree perspective of the surroundings.
Features of this innovative build combine electronic components from Mouser’s valued manufacturer partners and platinum sponsors of the series, Maxim and Murata.
“At Mouser, we aim to help engineers maximize technology to create the next level of human and tech interaction,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “The Empowering Innovation Together program is the embodiment of that mission, and this series with Local Motors is at the forefront of that interaction.”
“The Mouser Strati is helping us envision some of the endless possibilities that self-driving vehicles could offer,” said Local Motors Co-founder and CEO John B. Rogers, Jr. “This ambitious project showcases the creative power of our co-creation community as well as our ability to build cutting-edge vehicles at a rapid pace.”
In addition to platinum sponsors Maxim and Murata, gold sponsors Lumileds and Phoenix Contact made this build possible.
To learn more about all of Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together series — featuring the newly developed Innovation Lab for new projects ranging from bringing super-hero technology to life to future projects like pushing the boundaries of drone technology — visit http://www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation.