Founded in fall 2016, the University of Michigan Intelligent Ground Vehicle is an engineering design team building a fully autonomous vehicle for the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition in 2018 at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

We believe that hands-on education complements classroom learning; any student, regardless of their background, can learn through robotics; and our work has a meaningful social impact. The future is autonomous robotics, and we aim to incubate our members to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

In our first year, we have established a team, created a prototype vehicle, and hosted several demo events. We plan to continue the iterative development process to refine and optimize our vehicle’s autonomous behavior. Our prototype vehicle operates at speeds up to 5mph, has a sensor suite comprised of 3D cameras and lidar, and runs on a Linux-ROScomputer system. In 2018, we hope to scale our project to build a compact, street legal, federally-compliant, autonomous car capable of transporting two passengers.

We envision a world where autonomous robotics is used to solve many problems that face us around the world, and it all starts here. We would like to invite you and your organization to become a part of our journey.