Mouser Electronics Inc. has joined together with Local Motors and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to debut a video showing the working build of a transformative vehicle cockpit for a 3D-printed autonomous vehicle.
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.
It is the latest series from Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together educational program.
“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.”
In addition to platinum sponsors Maxim and Murata, gold sponsors Lumileds and Phoenix Contact made this build possible.
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Features of this innovative build combine electronic components from Mouser’s valued manufacturer partners and platinum sponsors of the series, Maxim and Murata.
Imahara has paired his engineering expertise with a Hollywood TV and film career. In addition to his roles on MythBusters and BattleBots, Imahara is the inventor behind many famous robotic characters, including the Star Wars prequel-era R2-D2, talking robot sidekick Geoff Peterson from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the rhythmic arms on the modern-day Energizer Bunny.
Local Motors is a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles.
Mouser Electronics, based in Mansfield, is a subsidiary of Fort Worth’s TTI, Inc., and is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.