Back to the Future of Tokyo Drift: MARTY, an Autonomous Drifting DeLorean

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Drifting is a sport that lots of people are into. It requires a high degree of car control to keep the vehicle sliding sideways while maintaining control. Anyone who has tried drifting knows it’s not as easy as it looks. Researchers at Dynamic Design Lab created an autonomous car that uses tech to drift itself around a controlled course.

The team built the autonomous drift car out of a classic DeLorean dubbed MARTY. To pilot the course, the researchers programmed in GPS coordinates and algorithms on the laptop of one of the scientists to handle the actual driving. MARTY was able to navigate the entire course outlined with orange cones without hitting a single one, on its first attempt.

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