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University Researchers Test Car’s AI-powered Anti-skid System on Ice at Spectrum

Published on: 2 Dec, 2023
Updated on: 1 Dec, 2023

Guildford Spectrum’s ice rink played host to a different kind of skater as researchers from the University of Surrey used it to test a new anti-skidding feature with their autonomous car.

The researchers readying the car for its test on the ice rink at the Spectrum leisure centre in Guildford.

The university reports the 90-minute test was a huge success – gathering more data than the researchers expected.

Carmine Caponio, a researcher in automotive engineering at the University of Surrey, said: “We were delighted with what we were able to achieve in under two hours on the ice. Our system appeared to work very well, and we must now analyse our data and prepare for further tests.

“It is highly unusual to be able to test technology on ice like this outside of large industrial companies – so to have a facility like the Spectrum available to us is a real privilege, and we are enormously grateful to its staff for making us feel so welcome.”

The University of Surrey’s ZEBRA car.

The team is using artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a unique way of preventing skidding in icy or wet conditions. The system senses when one of the wheels is spinning too quickly and adjusts the power to that wheel accordingly.

The technology was tested on the university’s ZEBRA car – which stands for Zero Emission test Bed for Research on Autonomous driving. By using its driverless function, the researchers were able to more accurately control the vehicle’s acceleration, enabling more precise, consistent tests.

Mario Mihalkov, a researcher at Surrey’s Centre for Automotive Engineering, said: “We’re excited to study our results and come back for more data in the new year. We hope our findings will be of great interest to car makers – and can help make driving safer in slippery conditions for millions of drivers.”

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Responses to University Researchers Test Car’s AI-powered Anti-skid System on Ice at Spectrum

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    December 2, 2023 at 10:29 am

    10 years ago – variable power to the individual wheels on expensive four-wheel drive vehicles was in place for exactly this situation, via an electro magnetic inducers and hydraulic pressure sensors.

    While skidding or sliding in the wet or “aquaplaning” is purely down to tyre tread design and depth investigated via the Dunlop Maxaret in the 1950’s and ’60’s

    Is the university trying to re-invent the wheel? Or is it trying to over-complicate what has already been perfected in electronic simplicity, by many manufacturers. AI on braking and sliding systems has in reality been there for some years.

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