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Stanford’s MARTY Autonomous Driving & Drifting DeLorean

Stanford engineers have taught MARTY, their driverless DeLorean, to drift through a kilometer-long autocross course with the agility and precision of a human driver.

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Completing the course, called “MARTYkhana,” has led to mathematical insights that could improve how autonomous software handles hazardous conditions./Stanford

The video from Stanford shows how this autonomous car can complete complex courses. MARTY stands for Multiple Actuator Research Test bed for Yaw control.


The car is obviously heavily modified. For starters, it’s a fully electric vehicle with a pair of motors sending prolific torque to the rear wheels. The car uses two GPS antennas to track position within one inch and computer controlled steering.