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Paralyzed race car driver will control car by moving his head at the Indy 500

14
May
2014

A paralyzed race car driver will take to the track for the first time in 14 years prior to this years Indianapolis 500  — and while he wont be participating in a race, he will be driving thanks to a human-to-machine interface that lets him control the car with his head movements. Sam Schmidt was diagnosed as a quadriplegic in 2000 after a crash during a practice lap severely injured his spinal cord, but thanks to a collaboration with Arrow, hell drive four laps in a specially-outfitted 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray at the Indy 500 before the full race kicks off. The car itself is equipped with infrared sensors and cameras thatll read Schmidts head movements and translate them into directions to the cars onboard CPU. Turns and acceleration are mapped to Schmidts head movements, and an onboard GPS that updates 1,000 times per second will help correct course if necessary.

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