Some people may remember when Michelle Mouton became the first woman ever to win the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb back in 1984. Other people not only remember it, but decide to honor her achievement by naming a very special car after her. This car is a white Audi TTS befittingly named “Shelley”, after Michelle Mouton herself, mechanically engineered to drive by itself. Yes, I mean without a driver.
Chris Gerdes is the program director for the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS, cute huh?) and a professor of mechanical engineering. He and his Dynamic Design Lab consisting of graduates and PhDs have been working on “Shelley” for the past few years and are close in attaining their goal of sending her up the Colorado mountain without a driver.
“How can they do it,” you ask? Hit the jump to find out.