Remote Repositioning Project Highlighted at CES

Ford-sponsored mobility experiment led by Ghassan AlRegib praised during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.

Atlanta, GA

A project that is being jointly managed by Ghassan AlRegib, an associate professor in the  School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bert Bras, a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 6, 2015.

Georgia Tech’s “Remote Repositioning” project is one of 25 experiments launched by Ford Motor Company as part of their “Smart Mobility” initiative. The project, which allows an operator to remotely drive real vehicles using available technology, was highlighted by Ford CEO Mark Fields in his keynote address as one of the innovations that will help the company solve current and future transportation challenges.

Using cameras and sensors to stream live video over a 4g/LTE cellular network, a person sitting in a remote location can operate a vehicle without physically being inside it.

"You can think of this setup as an anonymous vehicle with a human being in the middle. This system presents many challenges,” said AlRegib. “For example, it demands the video streams to be delivered with no latency, which is not possible when we use cellular networks. Thus, the system has to provide the remote driver with some guidelines even if the video streams are not being delivered within the required time window. Furthermore, the vehicle needs to be equipped with sensors and self-control systems for emergency situations.”

Low-speed golf carts owned by Georgia Tech are being tested as a proof of concept by AlRegib, Bras, and a team of ECE and ME students. Long-term applications for this technology could include offsite processing for car rental agencies, remote valet services, and even mobility solutions for the elderly and disabled.

“Our project is very exciting given its multidisciplinary nature with students from both ME and ECE working together. This remote driving concept is another element in the future of transportation in the 21st century,” said AlRegib.

To learn more about the project and see the technology in action, visit Ford’s Mobility Experiment: Remote Repositioning  webpage.

Last revised November 14, 2016