P17241: Autonomous People Mover IV


Project Summary Project Information

Final documentation and instructional videos can be found here.

The Autonomous People Mover (APM) is an electric self driving golf cart capable of autonomously driving you between various locations without a driver. You can see your current location and choose a destination location on a digital map of campus. Using sophisticated sensors and computer algorithms, the APM can plan and follow a path while safely avoiding obstacles and pedestrians.

The APM was conceived as a vehicle for use in transporting people across the campus of a large academic institution in the northeastern United States. Once complete, the APM will be summoned via a text message, after which it would drive itself to the customer’s location, pick them up, and determine a destination using voice recognition. The APM would then plan and traverse a path to the requested destination while maintaining the safety of passengers and bystanders. Ultimately, the purpose of the APM is twofold: to provide accessibility to campus goers, and to act as a platform for research and refinement of autonomous vehicle technologies.

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Team Members

From left to right: William Fanelli (above), Jian Hong Wu (below), Giovanni Sabato, Ryan Trumpore, Abraham Long

From left to right: William Fanelli (above), Jian Hong Wu (below), Giovanni Sabato, Ryan Trumpore, Abraham Long

Member Role Contact
Abraham Long Project Manager & Mechanical Engineer awl9238@rit.edu
Giovanni Sabato Computer Engineer ghs3715@rit.edu
Ryan Trumpore Computer Engineer rmt3030@rit.edu
William Fanelli Lead Engineer waf6826@rit.edu
Jian Hong Wu Electrical Engineer jxw7410@rit.edu
Project Name
Autonomous People Mover IV
Project Number
Project Family
Vehicle Systems and Technology
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Michael Blachowicz
Primary Customer
Dr. Raymond Ptucha
Sponsors (financial support)
John Kaemmerlen

Table of Contents


Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Gate Reviews

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Gate Reviews

Project Management