Deep Orange 10
In partnership with Ford Motor Company, Department of Automotive Engineering students unveiled their design in October 2021. The project represents is the University’s first self-driving passenger vehicle prototype, and combines cutting edge autonomous driving technology, battery electric propulsion and a curated set of novel customer experiences.
Guided by Ford engineers, students reimagined the use cases for self-driving vehicles for 2030 smart city life. Their prototype aims to help parents reclaim family time while traveling; connect college students without cars; and maximize productivity for business professionals on the go. The student-engineered prototype can be found on display at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina.
The Deep Orange 10 team aimed to turn vehicle features into innovative user experiences by developing a purpose-built autonomous mobility concept for 2030 smart city life.
Students reimagined the use cases for self-driving vehicles, fully validating algorithms for autonomous parking, lane following and intersection handling.
The interior feels like a living room on wheels with seats facing each other, low-floor clearance and pillarless, swing-out doors for maximum accessibility.
Controls like voice and gesture commands help riders intuitively direct their vehicle and minimize contact in a post-COVID world. By pointing to a parking space or voicing a destination, the car can self-navigate to the indicated destination.
Wearable devices actively detect passenger discomfort using real-time vital monitoring. If discomfort is detected, the vehicle modifies its speed and driving style.
Instead of a traditional windscreen, students envisioned a semi-transparent screen displaying navigation, points of interest and entertainment content without obscuring the view of the road.
Students designed a high-efficiency electric powertrain to meet the speed and power needs for an urban, smart city environment. The custom cooling system and floor-embedded high-voltage battery pack allows for maximum interior space while still meeting functional targets.
Concept to Reality
As part of the graduate automotive engineering program at CU-ICAR, students are given the unique opportunity to create and build a concept vehicle.
The project showcases advanced technologies and provides students an opportunity to work directly with automotive industry partners and experience all phases of the product development process.
A Project Made Possible Through Collaboration
The following organizations have provided generous support, in-kind contributions, and mentoring to achieve the objectives of Deep Orange 10:
DO10 AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS & INNOVATORS
Functional Integrator | Vehicle Dynamics & Chassis Controls - Suspension Design and Simulation
Vehicle Manufacturing Lead | Vehicle Dynamics & Chassis Controls - Suspension Design and Simulation
Preet A Desai
Controls Integration Lead | Vehicle Dynamics & Chassis Controls - Vehicle Modeling and Simulation
Pradeep Illayaperumal Selvaraju
Human Machine Interface - Software Integration, Voice and Gesture Control Interface